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New Windsor Town Council candidate ruled ineligible for election

New Windsor Town Council candidate ruled ineligible for election
New Windsor Town Council candidate William Holl has been ruled ineligible to run because he has not resided with in the town limits for the required two year period before the election. (William Holl/Courtesy photo)

One day before the New Windsor municipal election, a candidate has been taken out of the race.

New Windsor Town Council candidate William Holl was ruled ineligible Monday.

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“It has been determined that one of the candidates for a Council seat, William Holl, has not resided within the Town limits for the required two-year period prior to the election,” wrote Neal Roop, mayor of New Windsor, in an email on Monday. “He is therefore ineligible to run at this time. The Town appreciates Mr. Holl's interest and hopes he continues to participate in Town activities.”

New Windsor’s election, with three council seats up for grabs, is Tuesday. The remaining candidates are: Terry Green, Tom Gubernatis, David Hoffman, Kimberlee Schultz and Michael Zepp.

When reached for comment Monday, Holl said he was shocked and confused when he found out little more than 12 hours before the election that he was not eligible to hold office.

“It’s actually pretty concerning. I don’t know why all of a sudden things changed,” said Holl. “They knew about this for months. I never lied. It just seems really weird that they’re doing this now.”

Holl’s ineligibility took so long to discover due to an oversight on the town’s part, according to Roop.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Holl misunderstood the eligibility requirements, and that the town didn’t catch the mistake sooner,” said Roop in a subsequent email Monday. “We apologize for our part in this error. However, Mr. Holl is not eligible to run for office and it’s best that this was discovered before the election.”

Holl was ruled ineligible because he has resided within the town’s limits only since February 2018, some nine months short of the required two years. He said he lived in his parents’ house just outside town limits prior to that. According to Holl, he was certified aseligible to run more than three months ago.

Because of the lateness of the ruling, Holl’s name will still be on the ballot. According to Roop, Holl’s name will have a line through it on the ballot, along an explanation.

Holl said he intends to run in the next Town Council election, in 2020, when he will be eligible.

The ruling comes less than a week after another candidate, Michael Scott Barclay, dropped out of the race.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the community meeting room of the Carroll County Public Library headquarters at 1100 Green Valley Road — a different location than indicated on voter identification cards.

Also Tuesday, municipal elections will be held in Hampstead, Union Bridge and Westminster.

In Hampstead, voting will be at the Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Union Bridge will hold its election from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Town Hall, at 104 Locust St.

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In Westminster, voting will take place from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., with voters living west of Md. 31 casting their ballots at the community building at 325 Royer Road, and those living east of Md. 31 voting at the Westminster volunteer fire company, at 28 John St.

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