Nearly 500 turn out to vote on race for Sykesville council

Tally of hand-counted results not yet complete

May 05, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Nearly 500 Sykesville voters cast ballots yesterday in the election for Town Council.

Late last night, the three election judges were still counting votes by hand.

There were nine candidates for the four seats at stake.

Incumbents Michael H. Burgoyne, William R. Hall, Michael Kasnia and Jeannie Nichols had the support of their council colleagues and Mayor Jonathan Herman.

"The re-election of these council members qualifies as a step to ensure the continuation of skilled and successful town government," Herman said. "I think that we -- the current mayor and Town Council -- have worked together effectively, with wisdom, prudence and foresight, to manage the resources and operations of the town."

They faced a strong challenge from Garth Adams and Charlie Mullins, both former councilmen, and three political newcomers: Cynthia Campbell, Scott Hollenbeck and Connie Higgins.

"This is the kind of election that makes you nervous," said Burgoyne. "Incumbents and challengers are far apart on their views and we're wondering if there is going to be a change in philosophy."

Several issues, including a controversial rezoning petition, spawned the number of candidates and drove voters to the polls.

Town elections are bipartisan and traditionally draw few voters. Two years ago, 85 of the 1,626 voters elected the mayor and two council members. But, only 627 cast ballots on an annexation referendum in February.

The most recent tally shows 1,936 registered voters in the town of 3,500 residents. The town staff reported the crowd picked up through the evening, as voters stopped in on their way home.

"I'm glad that many people showed up, no matter how this turns out," said Carol Hall, whose husband Bill Hall is seeking a third council term.

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