Candidates have been announced for the upcoming municipal elections in New Windsor and Union Bridge, with candidates running for three open council seats in New Windsor and for two council seats and the office of mayor in Union Bridge.
Both towns will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 14.
Incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz will be campaigning to retain their seats on the New Windsor town council against challengers Michael Scott Barclay, Terry Green, Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr., William Holl and Michael Zepp.
The third incumbent, Councilwoman Sandee Custen, is not seeking another term.
Barclay said in an interview that he has lived in New Windsor for 21 years and is currently a gun investigator with the Maryland State Police at the Maryland Gun Center.
Green moved to New Windsor from Anne Arundel County in 2015 and helped found a girls youth travel softball program, he said in an interview, and is employed as the director of the Department of Communications at the Maryland Department of Health.
Gubernatis is a Carroll native, having grown up in Sykesville and Eldersburg before moving to New Windsor in 2005, he said in an interview. He is a service electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24 and Mona Electric Group, Inc.
Incumbent Councilman Hoffman moved to New Windsor in 1994 and served on the town’s planning commission from 2003 until 2014, when he was appointed to a vacancy on the town council, he said in an interview. He was elected to a full four-year term in 2015. Hoffman works for the Department of Defense.
Holl said in an interview that he is a former Eagle Scout with New Windsor’s Troop 582, and works in information technology for the federal government.
Originally from Rhode Island, incumbent Councilwoman Schultz moved to New Windsor in 1994 and has served on the town council since 2011, serving the economic development committee, according to the town website. She works in communications and public affairs.
Zepp could not be reached Wednesday at the phone number provided by the town.
New Windsor will hold its election from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the community meeting room of the Carroll County Public Library headquarters at 1100 Green Valley Road in New Windsor, which is a different location than indicated on voter identification cards.
Call Donna Albin, town clerk and treasurer, with any questions at 410-635-6575.
In Union Bridge, Bret Grossnickle will challenge incumbent Perry Jones for the office of mayor.
Jones has been mayor since 2010, prior to which he served four years as a Carroll County commissioner. He initially entered politics when his father, Perry Jones Sr., died in 1980 and the town asked if he would serve out the remaining 11 months of his father’s term. Jones did so, then served 11 years on the council and 12 years as mayor before running for county commissioner. He is one of the owners of Tuck’s Service Center.
Grossnickle previously served 16 years on the town council, eight years as mayor, and seven years as a member of the Union Bridge planning commission. He ran for Carroll County Commissioner in 2018.
In addition to the race for mayor, four candidates are running for two seats on the Union Bridge town council. Incumbents Donald Wilson and Edgar Wentz are challenged by Bridgette Dowery and Antoinette Farver.
Dowery said in an interview that she has lived in Union Bridge for most of her life, is interested in youth concerns and works as a bartender at Linbeau's Railway Pub.
Wilson has served on the council, continuously, he said in an interview, for 25 years and has been responsible for streets. He was a maintenance supervisor at Lehigh Cement until he retired in 2011.
Wentz has lived in Union Bridge since 1954 and has served on the council, he said, since 2007. He works for Wantz Chevrolet.
Antoinette Farver has lived in Union Bridge for more than 30 years, she said in an interview, and has driven Carroll County Public School bus 83 for 28 years.