Nevin, Thomas await tally in Hampstead mayor's race

Two City Council seats also on the line

May 12, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Three hours after the polls closed last night in Hampstead's municipal elections, incumbent Mayor Christopher M. Nevin and challenger Wayne H. Thomas stood nervously in the town firehouse awaiting the results of yesterday's election.

"I'm just sitting and waiting," Nevin said. "I don't know what to think about why its taking so long."

Nevin said that if he is re-elected, he will "definitely look into getting a voting machine."

Thomas, a City Council member, said at least one of the yesterday's races was very close and had to be recounted.

Two council seats were also to be decided in yesterday's election. Those results were also unavailable.

Nevin ran on a ticket with Lawrence Hentz and Stephen Holland, as he did four years ago, when they won.

Of 2,214 registered voters, 438, just under 20 percent, voted. Not included in that total was an unknown number of absentee ballots. Political observers figured a light turnout would favor the incumbents, but the low turnout surprised both mayoral candidates.

The Nevin-Hentz-Holland ticket earned 80 percent of the votes in 1995, when more than 30 percent of 1,800 registered voters turned out. The issue then was controlling growth, and it still is.

All of the candidates agreed the downtown business district needs revitalization. They all expressed distaste for crowded streets and schools and called for more and better-quality water.

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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