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.

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.”

There were six candidates for town council and two for mayor in the previous election, in 2017.

Shaw, who won the mayor’s seat over Miller in the 2013 election, said he had no comment on the specific individuals who were nominated Monday.

But Link said she, and others, are concerned about Miller.

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.”

Miller could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Carter filled out her nomination form Monday evening and said she just wants to “keep on keeping on” with the town’s progress.

Dyer said he agreed with her.

“Believe it or not, I’ve actually got a similar approach,” he said during a break in the meeting. “I think the town is well run and well managed. I want to continue that.

“If anyone thinks that the town is poorly run, then they shouldn’t vote for me. I think it’s doing great.”

As for nominees who were not present, White said Tuesday he is “50-50” and hasn’t quite decided whether he will accept the nomination to the council.


“I'm not sure I'm going to accept the nomination,” he said Tuesday, “but I'm going to give it a lot of thought.”

Nominations must be accepted by April 8, then the voting registration deadline is April 12 and the election will take place on May 7.

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