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Candidate profile forms for Mount Airy Town Council election

Mount Airy residents will have the chance to hit the polls May 7 and cast their votes for the three council member seats that five people are vying for.

With their current terms expiring, Council President Peter Helt and Councilman David Pyatt are seeking re-election, while Councilwoman Wendi Peters is not.

Candidates Kristin Blais, Chris Everich and Bob King round out the competition.

While council members are usually elected to four-year terms, elections this year and in 2014 will be for three-year terms in order to eventually get the town on an odd-year election cycle. Mount Airy is currently the only Carroll County municipality that follows an even-year election cycle.

In November, the council voted unanimously to change the terms for the next two elections and return to the four-year election term in 2015.

The vote came after an election board representative strongly suggested the town change the election cycle to avoid conflicts with state presidential primaries and other future elections when voter information the town needs would be on lockdown.

Candidates for a three-year council term (three seats open)

Kristin Blais

Website: http://www.kristinblais.com

Social networking: http://www.facebook.com/kristinblaismtairy

Date of birth: Jan. 6, 1972

Marital status: Married

Children/age: Kayla Blais, 15; Ashleigh Linn, 14; Joey Linn, 11; Kristen Blais, 9

Profession: Subject Matter Expert - Intellectual Property Legal Operations

Years experience: 22

Current employment: CPA Global

How many years: 4 years

Education: Community College of Philadelphia, Paralegal Certification at the Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C.

Community groups involved in: Former President of Mount Airy Jaycees

Past political experience: None

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Chris Everich

Website: N/A

Social networking: Facebook - Christopher Everich

Date of birth: December 1960

Marital status: Married

Children: Patrick, 17; Ryan, 13; Elizabeth, 8

Profession: Electrical Engineer

Years experience: 26

Current employment: Fortune 20 Company

How many years: 12

Education: BSEE, the University of South Florida, 1985; MSEE, The Johns Hopkins University, 1991; MSEE, George Washington University, 1998.

Community groups involved in: Boy Scouts of America, Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association, Carroll County Public Schools

Past political experience: Appointed Mount Airy Councilman, August 2009 to May 2010; Mount Airy Planning Commission 6 years, 2 year as Chair

Peter Helt (I)

Website: N/A

Social networking: N/A

Date of birth: Nov. 1, 1960

Marital status: Married

Children/age: Two children, aged 20 and 18

Profession: Attorney

Years experience: 25 years

Current employment: Baylinson, Kudysh, Greenberg & Helt LLC

How many years: 25 years

Education: Bachelor of Science from Frostburg State College, now university, 1983; Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law, 1986

Community groups involved in: Mount Airy Bible Church, Mount Airy Main Street Association, Greater Mount Airy Chamber Of Commerce

Past political experience: Town Council 2003-present, Mayor 2009-2010, Council President 2009-Present, Council Secretary 2006 to 2009

Bob King

Website: bobking4mtairy.com

Social networking: facebook.com/bobking4mtairy

Date of birth: June 5, 1954

Marital status: Married 36 years

Children/age: Eric, 31; Jessica, 26

Profession: Manager

Years experience: 36 years

Current employment: Halpro, Inc.

How many years: 24 years

Education: Catholic University of America, 1973-1974, no degree achieved; University of Maryland, 1972- 1973, no degree achieved

Community groups involved in: Past coach and president (1997-98) of the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association 1992-2002, Mount Airy Board of Parks and Recreation 1997 to present, Chairman 2006 to present

Past political experience: None

David Pyatt (I)

Website: N/A

Social networking: Facebook - Re-Elect Dave Pyatt

Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1942

Marital status: Married

Children/age: two adult daughters

Profession: Environmental engineer

Years experience: More than 40

Current employment: Consulting

How many years: 3

Education: MS, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University; BS, Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University; Graduate, Academy of Excellence in Local government, University of Maryland.

Community groups involved in: Mount Airy Lions; Carroll Environmental Advisory Council; Chair, Mount Airy Sustainability Committee; Legislative Committee, Maryland Municipal League

Past political experience: Town Council in Mount Airy, 1988 - present

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