Burdette, McComas, Pais win seats on Bel Air commission

March 15, 1995|By Phyllis Brill | Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer

Bel Air voters elected incumbents Stephen Burdette and Susan McComas and first-time candidate Mara Devine Pais to the Board of Town Commissioners in yesterday's election.

Mr. Burdette was the top vote-getter with 454 votes, 46 percent of the 987 ballots cast. He had been appointed to the commission in January to fill out the term of Mark Decker, who was elected to the Harford County Council in November.

Eleven candidates competed for the three available seats on the five-member board. Residents were allowed to vote for up to three candidates.

"I'm very happy now to have the opportunity to serve a full term," Mr. Burdette said after the results were announced in Bel Air Town Hall last night.

"I put it all in black and white, and everything I said I would do I'm going to try to live up to," said Mr. Burdette. The 42-year-old architect campaigned heavily through mailings, lawn signs and door-to-door visits.

Unofficial results tabulated shortly after the polls closed indicated that 987 ballots were cast, including absentees.

Ms. McComas, a 43-year-old lawyer running for her third term on the board, came in second with 432 votes, or 44 percent. "I'm just glad it's over," said the veteran commissioner. "I think they voted for the devil they know instead of the devil they didn't know."

Ms. Pais, an attorney, narrowly defeated David Carey, also an attorney, 342 votes, or 35 percent, to 340.

Ms. Pais, who was at home recuperating from a ruptured spleen, said she was cheered by the news of her election. "I'm surprised," she said. "I had been talking myself into not getting it."

Mr. Carey arrived at Town Hall after the results were announced to congratulate the victors.

"Sure, I'm disappointed," he said of his defeat. "But that's politics. I think they'll do a great job."

Following Mr. Carey, Robert Cassilly received 282 votes; Daniel Rozmiarek, 255; Robert E. Greene, 245; Mary Harkins-White, 107; Arthur D. Coates Jr., 80; R. Terry Wolfe, 45; and Thomas Woelper, 29.

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