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Fox, Linkey are winners in Perryville election

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Perryville voters returned former Town Commissioner Alan Fox and incumbent Commissioner Michelle Linkey to the town board Tuesday.

Fox, who served as commissioner from 2008 to 2012, but did not seek re-election last year, was the top vote-getter with 152 votes.

Fox said the results seemed to indicate the town's voters "appreciated" his prior service.

"I guess it's an affirmation of the work I've done in the past," he said.

Linkey, who has been on the town board since being elected in 2009, earned 142 votes.

"I'm really glad Michelle won, because we work well together, and it will be a pleasure serving alongside of her," Fox said of Linkey.

Linkey said the five-member town board has a "very good mix, as far as coming from different viewpoints."

"Everyone on the board is able to listen and work well together and be key players, and I think that's what I'm looking for, and I think we'll be able to get a lot done in the next couple of years," she said.

George Hornbarger Jr., who made his fourth consecutive run for town board this year – he was unsuccessful in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – came in a distant third with 29 votes.

Hornbarger could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Few voters in Perryville made their voices heard Tuesday, which disappointed both winners.

With 172 ballots cast at the polls and as absentee, only 6.3 percent of the town's 2,694 registered voters turned out for the election.

"I wish people would get more involved with their local government," Fox said, lamenting the low turnout.

Linkey said she thought it was "a shame" so few people younger than 30 came out to vote.

"I think we really need to start addressing how to get the younger generation involved," she said.

This year's turnout was significantly lower than elections in recent years. Jackie Sample, town clerk, provided data which indicated 481 ballots were cast during last year's election, which included a contested race for mayor.

Sample said 317 ballots were cast during the 2011 elections for town board and 304 cast in the 2010 election.

This year, the seats of Linkey and Commissioner Michael A. Dawson were up for re-election. Dawson, who had earned a reputation as an outspoken member of the town board, announced earlier this year he would not seek a second term so he could spend more time with his family.

In Port Deposit, Perryville's Cecil County neighbor to the north, Councilmen Thomas Knight, John Leeds and Robert Kuhs were running unopposed for re-election to their seats on the Town Council.

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