Few Elect Becker, Moler And Bauer In Hampstead

Uncontested Mayoral, Council Races Attract Only 79 Of 1,100 Voters

May 15, 1991|By Anne Haddad and Adam Sachs | Anne Haddad and Adam Sachs,Staff writers

HAMPSTEAD — Councilman C. Clinton Becker was elected mayor and two other currentcouncilmen were re-elected to their posts in an election yesterday that featured no contested races and attracted less than 10 percent ofthe town's registered voters.

Becker received 73 of the 76 votes cast for mayor, with Charles E. Bevard, a former council candidate, picking up three write-in votes. Becker, 43, succeeds Mayor Richard E.Miller, who did not run for a second term.

The councilmen who were re-elected, Arthur H. Moler and Gary W. Bauer, survived a minor scare from write-in candidate Gordon M. Craig,who passed out leaflets outside Town Hall much of the day.

No candidates filed to run other than the three winners.

Moler, 58, was re-elected to a third council term with 52 votes. Bauer, 44, who was appointed to the council last year to fill a vacant seat, garnered 46votes, while Craig picked up 32 and fellow write-in candidates Bevard and Jacqueline Hyatt one each.

The winners said the voter turnout -- 79 out of about 1,100 registered voters -- was more than they had expected, considering the candidates had no opponents. Still, Becker said he was disappointed that more voters didn't show up.

"I would like more people to take more interest in the issues," said Becker, a financial analyst for Bell Atlantic Corp. in Montgomery County.

In the last election in 1989, Hampstead had a turnout of 34 percent, as 124 of its 365 registered voters cast ballots.

Until this election, the town had only about 300 registered voters, because people had to register with the town to vote, even if they already were registered with the county.

Since a state law was passed two years ago, people registered with their counties automatically are registered in the cities and towns in which they live.

About 50 town residents marched into Town Hall just minutes before the polls closed, leading some candidates to believe in a heavy late turnout. But they were fooled. The residents were attending a Small Crossings Homeowners' Association meeting.

Becker, who was elected to the council in 1989 and served as a member of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission until March 31, said his immediate concerns will be finishing work on the 1992 budget and filling vacancies on the council and planning commission.

He said he will strive to manage growth by controlling thedensities and types of development. He said he favors annexing residential developments into the town so they can be served by public water supplies and to assure that the council can guide development.

Moler, the chairman of the planning commission, said his main concerns are controlling growth and lobbying the state to build a Route 30 bypass around the town, a project that has been delayed.

Bauer alsosaid he will focus on controlling growth and providing adequate services to the growing town of 2,763. He challenged residents to offer guidance.

"We need more input from citizens so we don't operate in a vacuum all the time," said Bauer, a councilman from 1983 to 1987.

Craig, 30, an active member of the Tri-District Republican Club anda campaign worker for Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, last year, said he was interested in the council seat to be vacated by Becker. Hyatt also expressed interest in the position.

"It's pretty good for a write-in candidate," said Craig, a paint shop supervisorfor Product Support Inc. in Jessup, Anne Arundel County, about the 32 votes he received.


Mayor (elect 1)..... ..... Votes..... Council (elect 2)..... Votes

* C. Clinton Becker..... .....73..... * Gary W. Bauer... ... ....46

Charles Bevard*.... .... ......3..... * Arthur H. Moler..... .....5

..... ..... ..... ...... ...... ..... Gordon Craig* ........ ....32

..... .......... ...... ...... ..... Charles Bevard*....... .....1

* denoteswrite-ins..... ...... ..... Jacqueline Hyatt*..... .....1

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