Candidate wants more to seek office in Sykesville SOUTHEAST --Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber Only 4 nominated for 3 council seats

April 19, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Maxine C. Wooleyhand said she wants to offer Sykesville's 1,246 registered voters a choice for mayor on May 4.

"We live in a democracy where no one should run unopposed," she said, after she was nominated for mayor at the council's session Monday night. "I hold the political practice valuable and that means everyone should have an opponent."

The former councilwoman is tossing her hat into the mayoral ring along with Councilman Kenneth W. Clark, who announced his intention to run last month.

Residents nominated the two mayoral candidates and four others for the council's three open seats.

"I was disappointed more people didn't show up to nominate or be nominated," Ms. Wooleyhand said. "People should take an interest in the process."

Although four names will appear on the ballot for the three council jobs, voters still may not have much choice.

Residents nominated incumbents Eugene E. Johnson and Julie Kaus on Monday, along with Garth Adams and Charles H. "Tim" Ferguson.

But Mr. Ferguson, a former councilman who was defeated in a bid for a third term in 1991, said Tuesday that he will not run again.

He did not attend the nomination meeting.

"After eight years, I am just not interested," he said.

Interested or not, Mr. Ferguson's name will appear on the ballot, said Vincent J. Diffenbaugh, town clerk treasurer.

"The nomination was made and seconded," Mr. Diffenbaugh said. "The current charter states all nominees will be on the ballot."

He said the revised town charter, which will take effect after the election, stipulates that candidates must be present to accept or decline nominations.

The other candidates accepted their nominations and began campaigning.

Ms. Wooleyhand, 50, a councilwoman from 1987 to 1991, said she welcomes the opportunity to re-enter politics and plans a door-to-door campaign with an emphasis on her experience and dedication.

If she is elected, she said, she will open an office in the Town House and be available to constituents "as many hours of the week as possible.

"I would be a hands-on mayor and accessible at any time," she said.

A town resident for 25 years, Ms. Wooleyhand was defeated in a bid for re-election two years ago.

During her four-year term, she had served on the Recycling Committee and had edited the town newsletter.

As the council's liaison to the Maryland Municipal League, she helped plan that group's annual convention and served as secretary-treasurer of the league's Carroll chapter. She also worked on the Carroll County Council on Affordable Living.

Politics is a new game for Mr. Adams, 33, a project analyst for Bell Atlantic, but he said he is eager to play.

"I live here and I want to be involved in government here," he said. "You can either sit back and complain or you can do something."

He said Sykesville's small-town atmosphere first attracted him. "We had been looking for this town's kind of family environment."

Mr. Adams and his wife found their "dream old house" and moved to Sykesville from Columbia more than a year ago.

He said he feels a strong commitment to his new hometown and attends nearly every council meeting.

The first thing he will push residents to do is vote, he said.

"Less than 200 people voted in the last municipal election," he said. "We need more involvement."

Mr. Adams sees development and attracting more business to town as the most critical issues.

"The right mix of business to provide employment and residential development will help the town," he said. "We don't want to get too large or we could lose the reason why most people came here."

Residents can expect to hear from him soon, he said. He is writing to registered voters stating his positions on election issues and urging them to vote.

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