Voter Joe Prajzner checks in with election judge Stacy Malinowski at Hampstead Town Hall during the city's municipal election in 2015. Hampstead's 2019 election is set for May 14.
Voter Joe Prajzner checks in with election judge Stacy Malinowski at Hampstead Town Hall during the city's municipal election in 2015. Hampstead's 2019 election is set for May 14. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The candidates for town office in Hampstead and Sykesville were announced Tuesday following the campaign registration deadline for each on Monday.

Hampstead will have a two-person mayoral race as well as five seeking two town council seats. Meanwhile, Sykesville will have at least two new council members.


Hampstead’s municipal election will be held at town hall on May 14, and there are incumbents and challengers involved in both the mayoral and council races.

Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin will seek another term while newcomer Zach Tomlin will seek to unseat him.

Incumbent Councilmen Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee will be trying to defend their seats against challengers Tim Babylon, Daniel Collier and Holly Oertel.

Babylon previously served on the town council from 2011 to 2015 and is currently the co-owner of a wholesale online record store, Can You Dig It Records, LLC, according to a Town of Hampstead media release. Prior to that, Babylon was a vice president with the LifeBridge Health system.

Collier, meanwhile, is an economist with bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Kentucky and Murray State University, according to the release.

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Every municipality in Carroll 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. The filing dates for some are fast approaching.

Holly Oertel is a paid and volunteer firefighter deeply involved in combating addiction in her role with the Carroll County Opioid Prevention Coalition, working to train non-EMS firefighters in the use of the opioid drug antidote naloxone, according to the release.

Zach Tomlin is a certified and practicing Cybersecurity consultant, according to the release, and founded Tomlin Technology in 2010.

Dave Unglesbee elected to the town council in 2015, and has also served on the town’s board of zoning appeals, according to the release. He is the General Manager of C&A Automotive LLC, in Eldersburg.

Jim Roark served on the Hampstead planning and zoning commission for two years prior to being elected to the council in 2015, according to the release, and is the town council liaison to the commission. He is also the chairman of the Bucs Club Kids Campaign, which helps provide food and household items to people in need.

Nevin served his first two terms as mayor beginning in 1995, before successfully running for a seat on the town council in 2003, according to the release. He returned to the mayor’s seat in November, 2010, when then Mayor Haven Shoemaker resigned in order to serve of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, and has since been re-elected twice, in 2011 and 2015.

Sykesville Town Council nominations include incumbents, former mayor, museum curator

Eight Sykesville residents were nominated Monday evening for the three seats opening on the Town Council, though it’s not yet clear how many will officially run.

The May 14 election is open to all voters who will be 18 or older by election day and who registered by the April 8 deadline, according to the release. Those interested in an absentee ballot should contact the town office at 410-239-7408.

As for Sykesville, Election Day is May 7 with the polls opening at 8 a.m. and staying open through 8 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available after Friday, April 12, which is the close of voter registration.

Numerous nominations for town council had been made during the previous two weeks, but according to Town Clerk Kerry Chaney, four candidates accepted their nomination by the Monday deadline.

They are current council member Anna Carter, Mark Dyer, Jane Mergler and Jeremiah Schofield, who serves on the Sykesville planning commission. Three seats are available and will go to the top three vote-getters. A candidate forum is scheduled for April 25 at 7 p.m.