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Three candidates have filed so far to run for Taneytown mayor; nomination deadline is Monday

Taneytown residents considering a run for mayor or a seat on the City Council in this year’s election have until 4 p.m., Monday to file a certification of nomination, among other forms.

All forms are available at the office of the City of Taneytown, 17 E. Baltimore St.


Taneytown City Manager James A. Wieprecht said as of Wednesday, the most updated information he had available, three people had filed to run for mayor, including current Mayor Bradley Wantz.

Taneytown Mayor Bradley Wantz makes remarks as former Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to William Hornby of Taneytown in October 2022.

Taneytown City Council member Daniel Haines and Christopher Miller had also filed nomination forms for mayor, Wieprecht said.


Though several people had asked for nomination forms for City Council seats, no forms had been officially filed as of this week.

“I know a couple individuals have come to the office requesting council nomination forms, but the forms are also available online, so we really have no idea what might be submitted Monday,” Wieprecht said.

Once the city’s Ethics Commission reviews the required forms, an official list of candidates will be available, he said.

Taneytown’s election for mayor and two council members is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 1, at the Taneytown Police Station, 120 E. Baltimore St.

Wantz has served as mayor since 2019. Haines has been on the City Council since 2019.

The second open council seat is held by LeRoy Hand, who was appointed to the council in July 2021 when Daryl Hale vacated the seat to become the city’s Zoning & Code Enforcement officer.

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All candidates must be at least 21 years old and a qualified registered voter in the city, Taneytown’s website states. Candidates for mayor also must have lived in the City of Taneytown for at least five years immediately preceding the election.

Candidates for the City Council seats must have lived in the city for at least two years immediately preceding the election.


To vote, residents of the city must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter with the Carroll County Board of Elections.

Residents have until 4 p.m., April 3, to register to vote.

Residents registered to vote in a federal, state or county election do not need to register, the website states; however, if a person has recently moved to Taneytown from out of state they must register with the Carroll County Board of Elections in order to vote in the city election.

Absentee ballots are available from the city clerk, following a written request. They will be available at noon on April 10. Absentee ballots must be completed and received by the city no later than 4 p.m., May 1.

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