James McCarron elected mayor of Taneytown

May 08, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

James L. McCarron Jr., a 22-year member of Taneytown's City Council who opposed an ordinance that made English the official language of Taneytown last fall, was elected mayor last night.

McCarron, 59, a mortgage broker who is active in state politics, defeated Councilman Darryl G. Hale by 59 votes for the top government job in the small Carroll County municipality.

"It probably just came down to the overall experience I've had on the council ... and also on the state level through the Maryland Municipal League and other organizations I belong to and am affiliated with," McCarron said in a telephone interview after hearing the results.

Some 516 Taneytown residents - about 17 percent of the city's nearly 3,000 registered voters - cast paper ballots in the election, said City Clerk Linda Hess.

McCarron will succeed W. Robert Flickinger, who is stepping down after 32 years with city government in Taneytown.

Four candidates also vied for two seats on the five-member council on yesterday's ballot. Newcomer Carl E. Ebaugh, a retired car salesman and a former Carroll County Republican Central Committee member, earned the most votes, followed by former Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr., who ran for a seat on the council after a four-year hiatus from the city government.

Incumbent Oliver L. Glass, a retired car salesman appointed to fill a council vacancy, lost his seat, finishing third. Rounding out the race was Gene A. Burdette, co-director of a touring hip-hop dance production, who finished last, five votes behind Glass.

The candidates were divided on the nonbinding English-only resolution, condemned by immigrant advocates and nationally publicized as it was adopted by the council in November. McCarron called the measure a nonissue and a political ploy. Both Hale and Glass had voted in support of the measure as councilmen.

McCarron, Ebaugh and Heine will be sworn in during the next City Council meeting Monday.


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