What looked to be a quiet, uncontested election for the Sykesville Town Council has become a spirited competition, with nine candidates vying for four seats.
All four incumbents were nominated Monday, with Michael H. Burgoyne's last-minute entry the most dramatic of the evening. He interrupted a Florida vacation and flew home by 9: 30 p.m., just in time to accept his nomination, as required by the town charter.
Fellow incumbents William R. Hall, Michael Kasnia and Jeannie Nichols join him on the May 4 ballot.
They will face a challenge from Charlie Mullins and Garth Adams, both former councilmen, who have said they are dissatisfied with recent trends in local government.
Cynthia Campbell, Constance Higgins and Scott Hollenbeck, all newcomers to town politics, have also accepted nominations.
"I have seen too many changes in the town, and I am not happy with where it is going," said Campbell.
Hollenbeck said he wants to bring a conservative point of view to the council.
"I want to make sure spending is according to what is relevant," he said.
Higgins, a 20-year resident of Main Street, said she wants to become more involved in town politics.
Yet to be decided is who among the challengers is running for a two-year term.
Nichols was appointed last year to a seat vacated by Councilman Daryl Doxzen. The charter requires her to run in the next election to fulfill the remaining two years of that term. She can run again in 2001 for a four-year term.
Officials have asked the town attorney to decide whether the challengers must state a preference for a full or partial term.