Union Bridge mayor candidate: Bret Grossnickle

Bret Grossnickle is seeking to unseat Perry Jones as mayor of Union Bridge.
Bret Grossnickle is seeking to unseat Perry Jones as mayor of Union Bridge. (Bret Grossnickle/Courtesy photo)

Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.

Bret Grossnickle is seeking to unseat Perry Jones as mayor of Union Bridge. Here are Grossnickle’s responses.


Biographical information

Married to Dawn for 33 years. Sons Logan and Mason. Lived in and around Union Bridge for 61 years. Home owner in Union Bridge for 35 years.

Water Treatment Superintendent for the City of Westminster - 25 years


High School Diploma with some job related college.

Member of Plymouth Lodge, Littlestown Eagles, Westminster Moose and Union Bridge VFW as a donor member.

Why do you want to serve in this role?

Having been a Councilman, Mayor and at present a Planning Commission Member, I have been involved with the Town for many years. My role has always been to make decisions based on the needs of the Town and to protect the existing residents as much as possible. I wish to continue that as Mayor.

How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?

Through intelligent, informative dialog with the County Commissioners and staff.

Name something that you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.

In Union Bridge, the mayor is facing one challenger and four candidates are running for two council seats in this year’s municipal elections. Find out more about them here.

Initially I would reacquaint myself with the duties of being Mayor. Then I would start to work on our infrastructure needs.

What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?

25 years in water treatment, the last 13 years as Superintendent of the City of Westminster’s Water Treatment System.

Knowledge of wastewater treatment systems and processes.

Heavy equipment and construction trade skills and knowledge.

Managerial skills.

Intimate knowledge of Union Bridges water and wastewater system’s needs.

What one thing would you most like to see changed?

I would like to see the residents and the Mayor and Council work better together.

What are your campaign priorities?

Manage growth in a way that does not adversely affect the existing residents.


Improve our water and wastewater infrastructure.

Attract businesses such as a grocery store and gas station.

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