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.
Among the nominees are the three incumbents, one nominee from the public and four others nominated from current council members — including the former mayor of Sykesville.
The council nominated current members Anna Carter, Julia Betz and Christopher True for another term, and Sykesville resident Mark Dyer was nominated by the public at the March 25 meeting.
Councilman Al Grasley nominated both Planning Commission member Jeremiah Schofield and former mayor of Sykesville Mike Miller for the open seats, and Councilwoman Stacy Link nominated Gate House Museum of History curator Jack White and local resident Jane Mergler — none of whom were present at the meeting and have until April 8 to accept their nominations.
“I'm excited for all the people running,” Sykesville Mayor Ian Shaw told the Times on Tuesday. “I'm glad we got enough to fill a slate of candidates; there’s always a concern you won’t have enough people to fill it up.”
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.
“When Mike Miller was mayor of Sykesville there was a lot of discord, a general lack of progress,” she said Tuesday, “and some have actually been known to call it Sykesville’s lost four years.”
“I know that our current mayor had those same concerns about the former mayor; he ran against him,” Link said. “That's not to say that Ian doesn’t have some sort of a belief he would be good for the council at this point.”