Mayor, two on council will seek re-election Westminster election will be held May 12

March 05, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Westminster Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan and two City Council members announced yesterday that they will seek re-election in the city's elections in May.

Joining the mayor at City Hall were Councilmen Damian L. Halstad and Edward S. Calwell, who serves as president under a tradition that gives that position to the most senior of the five council members.

Members of the council are elected in staggered terms.

City Clerk John D. Dudderar said no other candidates have filed for any of the three seats available in the May 12 election.

An official candidacy requires filing by April 14 a declaration of intent for a particular office and a $25 fee, Dudderar said.

Voting will be at two precincts: the Westminster Fire Department on Main Street, and the Westminster Community Center at 325 Royer Road.

The mayor's position and the two council seats are at-large positions with four-year terms.

Yowan, 54, lives on Lakes Court in Avondale Run and has been a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County for almost 31 years.

"This will likely be my last term," he said, because "I'll be retiring from my other job."

Yowan served as a councilman from 1983 to 1986, and again from 1991 to 1994. He was council president from May 1993 until November 1994, when he became mayor on W. Benjamin Brown's election to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners. Calwell moved up to the council presidency.

The mayor has no vote on the council, but does have rarely exercised veto power. The council president doesn't vote unless there's a 2-2 tie, but sets the agenda, conducts meetings and works with the committees.

Yowan said theirs is a small group that works well together.

But Yowan said, "We can't take credit for everything." He attributed an improvement in the business climate to the Greater Westminster Development Corp. and the new Westminster Town Center Corp.

Calwell, 49, lives on Green Street and works as a systems-analyst trainer for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, the latest in a series of positions he's held in public health. He also has an antiques business in New Oxford, Pa.

In addition to service with civic and municipal organizations, Calwell said he was proud to be president of the board of trustees of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.

Wearing an "I love Westminster button," he praised the current mayor and council as responsive and well-read on the issues, with good communication -- "a team which puts the welfare of the citizens first."

"I'm proud to be a member of this elected body," he said, vowing to pursue issues such as the environment, growth, public safety, and "the future of our city into the millennium."

"Me, too," joked Halstad, who spoke last. The 35-year-old lawyer is moving to Willis Street and specializes in civil litigation and estate administration with the local firm of Hoffman Comfort Galloway & Offutt.

First elected in May 1993, he heads the public safety committee that oversees the city's 33-officer police force.

Among a number of issues, Halstad emphasized that, "the continual downtown revitalization effort is a constant battle, with the Route 140 businesses and the convenience that people have, to give them a reason to come downtown."

Of this revitalization, Yowan said: "I think this council and myself see there can be a partnership between business and government that can benefit everyone in the city. I think downtown is booming as it hasn't done in quite a few years."

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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