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Hampstead Council Candidate: Marlene Duff

The Hampstead election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9. Voting will take place at Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll Street. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.

The Hampstead election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9. Voting will take place at Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll Street. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are three council seats open this election cycle and the three incumbents, Marlene Duff, Wayne Thomas and Joe Renehan, are running for re-election unopposed. The Times asked the three candidates to answer a questionnaire, telling readers about their background and their top three priorities in their next term. Their responses are presented unedited.

Candidate for: Hampstead town council

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Past political experience: 8 years on Town Council

Profession: Retired

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Years Experience: 45 years in workforce

Education: Some college

Community groups involved in: Manager, Hampstead Farmers' Market; neighborhood HOA; Hampstead Merchants' Association

Campaign priorities

1) Any proposed utilization plan for the North Carroll High School building is one of the major issues facing the Town. Unless the Administrative Law Judge (who is still reviewing the case) rules that the building should be re-opened as a high school, the Town must work closely with the County to ensure proper, practical and relevant utilization of the building and property without changing the current zoning status.

2) Working closely with the State Highway Administration, the Town and Council must do everything in their power to ensure that the Main Street Revitalization project is completed in a timely and cost-efficient manner. We must do all we can to minimize disruption and inconvenience to businesses, residents and visitors, while looking forward to the end result — a beautiful, inviting and modern (yet historic) Main Street!

3) With several new residential developments started and being planned in Hampstead, it is imperative that the Town retains its superior level of support from the Hampstead Police Department and the Department of Public Works. These departments must have the resources they need to keep our Town as safe and clean as possible (whether it's personnel or equipment), and it is the responsibility of the Council to provide those resources. Keeping our streets and residents safe and our water system clean and fully-functional are priorities all of us on the Council take very seriously.

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