Princess Anne voters re-elect commissioners

July 01, 1992|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Staff Writer

PRINCESS ANNE -- Incumbents Robert W. Erickson and Carol O. Wink easily won re-election to their seats on the Princess Anne town commission yesterday after a heated campaign that had candidates claiming their opponents were a threat to good government.

In Princess Anne's 1st District, Mr. Erickson defeated challenger Robert W. Nittel, 119-82. In the 2nd District, Mrs. Wink won over Joseph J. Minor, 68-38.

The 307 votes cast represented a record turnout in the Somerset County seat of about 1,700 residents, said Wilmer O. Lankford, president of the town election board.

Mr. Lankford said only 232 voters cast ballots in the last election two years ago. The town, which allows property owners as well as residents to vote in local elections, has about 770 registered voters. Sixteen absentee ballots remain to be counted, but will not affect the outcome, Mr. Lankford said.

Mr. Minor and Mr. Nittel, who are newcomers to the town, charged that the incumbents were unresponsive to residents' needs. But critics of the challengers said the men disrupted town meetings with questions and cost taxpayers money by placing demands on town workers.

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