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What you need to know about this spring’s municipal elections in Carroll County

Alex Mann
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

The landscape of Carroll County municipalities’ elected bodies will be changing this spring.

Every municipality in the county has an election scheduled in May, with candidates seeking to fill council and mayoral seats for those incumbents whose four-year terms have expired.

Each town and city has staggered terms, so the mayor and every member of council is not up for re-election at the same time.

Mayoral seats — municipality’s ranking elected official — are up for grabs in Hampstead, Manchester, Sykesville and Taneytown. The council members who serve as council presidents in Mount Airy and Westminster are up for election.

Every election features important deadlines for candidates: when nominations are due, ethics forms, and more. But equally important are the deadlines for voters.

Here’s what you need to know about this spring’s elections.

Sykesville

Nominations for the Sykesville mayor and Town Council will be accepted at the body’s meeting Monday, March 25.

Three council member positions are up for election, all of which will serve four-year terms.

To run for office any nominee must be a resident of the Town of Sykesville for at least one year immediately preceding the election and a registered voter in Carroll County.

At the meeting, the nominee must have someone make a motion for nomination and another person second the motion — and all participants must be registered to vote in the Town of Sykesville, according to a public notice.

“It is recommended that you register to vote by March 18 if you plan on running,” the notice continues. “If you are not on the list of registered voters by the night of nominations, you will not be allowed to accept the nomination until the Town can verify you have registered to vote.”

A person nominated for elected office may accept the nomination by signing a certificate of acceptance before the close of the Mayor and Town Council meeting on April 8.

Anyone considering running for office is encouraged to contact Sykesville Town Clerk Kerry Chaney for more information. She can be reached by phone at 410-795-8959 or by email at kchaney@sykesville.net.

Voter registration closes on April 12. Registration forms may be picked up at the Sykesville Town House, at the Carroll County Board of Elections, or online at ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/electionboard.

Residents can check their voter registration status online at: voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch.

Hampstead

The nominating period for the upcoming town election for mayor and two town council seats is underway. Prospective candidates are required to pick up a nomination packet from Hampstead Town Hall and must complete and return it by April 8 at 4 p.m.

The incumbents — Mayor Christopher Nevin and Councilmen Jim Roark and David Unglesbee — are expected to run. Resident Zach Tomlin, an IT consultant, has completed a packet. He told the Times he's running for mayor.

Voters must be registered with the Carroll County Board of Elections. They can do so online, or pick up a form from the Town Hall and return the form to the county election board. The deadline to register to vote is April 8

The election will be held Tuesday, May 14 with polls open at Town Hall, at 1034 S. Carroll Street, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mount Airy

Mount Airy has two candidate nominations meetings scheduled for March 11 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Residents can nominate a candidate or announce their own candidacy at the meetings, or in person at Town Hall by filling out paperwork throughout the week between the two meetings.

The council seats occupied by Bob King, Jason Poirier and Council President Peter Helt are up for election. Incumbents would also announce their candidacy at the nominating meetings.

Once the nominating period concludes, candidates have 10 days to complete and turn in financial statements. After 10 days, the Ethics Commission meets to review the statements.

Town residents must register to vote with the Carroll County or Frederick County elections boards. Once they've registered with their county, they're automatically eligible to vote in the town election. Voter registration is open through April 8.

Absentee ballots are expected to be prepared by April 15, said Debbie Parker Brennan, the town clerk.

The election will be held May 6 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building at 1008 Twin Arch Road.

Taneytown

The City of Taneytown opened up the candidate nomination period for its election Monday, March 4. Nominations must be turned into Town Hall by March 25.

Mayor James McCarron and councilmen Bradley Wantz and Donald Frazier are up for election. McCarron announced on the Taneytown Neighborhood Facebook page that he is running for reelection.

The Ethics Board will review candidates financial disclosure and ethics forms after the nominations period concludes.

Residents must register by April 8 with the Carroll County Board of Elections to vote in the election. Absentee ballots will be available by April 15.

The election will be held May 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Taneytown Police Station at 120 E. Baltimore Street.

Westminster

Westminster City Hall is open for prospective candidates to file a declaration of intent for the upcoming election. The form can also be found online. Those wishing to run must submit a $25 payment at the time of filing, according to the website. Declarations must be filed by 5 p.m. April 15.

Up for election are Council President Robert Wack and council members Gregory Pecoraro and Mona Becker. Candidates for office must be 21 years old or older and have resided in city limits for at least one year.

Residents must register to vote with the Carroll County or Maryland State Board of Elections by March 15 at 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots will become available and can be requested immediately following the April 22 announcement of the field of candidates.

The election will be held May 14, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City residents who live west of Md. Route 31 vote at the Municipal Pool Community Building at 325 Royer Road. Those that live East of Md. 31 vote at Westminster fire company's John Street Quarters at 28 John Street.

Manchester

Manchester will hold an election for the mayor and two council members on May 21. The term of office is four years.

Candidates for any of the offices must file with the Manchester Board of Supervisors of Elections on or before April 1. The town will hold a special meeting that day at 7:30 p.m. where they will accept nomination packets. Nomination packets can be picked up at town hall, 3337 Victory Street, Manchester.

According to a town news release, mayoral candidates must have resided in the town and been a qualified voter for at least a continuous year prior to the election. They must be 25 years old and maintain a permanent domicile in the town for duration of their term in office. Candidates for the town council must have maintained continuous occupancy of a primary residence in the Town for at least two years prior to the election and have been a qualified voter for that same amount of time. They also must maintain a permanent domicile in town for the length of their term in office.

Union Bridge

Union Bridge’s Election Day is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the town hall, at 104 Locust St.

Anyone already registered to vote in county, state and federal elections is registered to vote in town. Otherwise, people must register at town hall by Monday, April 15. Candidates for office must file a nomination form with the town clerk no later than 4 p.m. on April 15.

New Windsor

Deadlines for New Windsor’s municipal election are the following:

  • Last day to file certificates of nomination: Monday, April 15
  • Last day to register to vote: Monday, April 8
  • First day to request absentee ballot: Friday, April 19
  • Deadline for returning absentee ballot: Monday, May 13
  • Election Day: Tuesday, May 14
  • Certify election results: Thursday, May 16

Jon Kelvey, Catalina Righter and Jennifer Turiano contributed to this article.

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