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An article in Thursday's Carroll County edition should have said the deadline for New Windsor residents to file for candidacy for town office is April 12.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

New Windsor has at least two contenders for the two Town Council positions that will be filled in May.

But nobody has applied for the mayor's job, and the incumbent says he would rather leave political office than keep his mayoral seat, which also will be open during the spring election.

"I definitely won't be running for mayor again. The job is too demanding with too little staff to help," said Mayor James C. Carlisle, 69, who will finish his first term and run for a council spot. "I want more time to myself, and I'm not getting any younger."

At the beginning of a 10-minute conversation, the mayor said he was "thinking about running for one of the council seats" but was as yet undecided.

By the time he finished enumerating the benefits of being a councilman, he had made up his mind.

"I'll run for the council," said Mayor Carlisle, who had served on it from 1976 to 1984. "I might as well."

Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman will be running for re-election.

Ms. Harman said several people told her she should run for mayor, but she decided she simply didn't want the job.

"I don't want to be mayor. That would be too many meetings for me, and I barely have the time for what I do now," said Ms. Harman. She is a retired school teacher who splits her time between the council, the Carroll Community College advisory board and various other local activities.

"And I do try to get a little time for myself," Ms. Harman said. "I like to get to the Y[MCA] three afternoons a week to keep myself in condition."

Councilman Robert Kenneth Green's seat will be open as well, but he isn't running for re-election. He and his wife, Patsy, are moving to Arizona.

"We're going to retire out there. I'm hoping to play some golf," said Mr. Green. He will end his 37-year career as an area engineer in the State Highway Administration's survey section April 1.

Mr. Green said he doesn't know whether he'd run for re-election to the council if he were to stay in New Windsor, but doesn't think he'd run for mayor.

"For the small pay and the little thanks, I guess the job probably isn't worth it," said Mr. Green, who has lived in the town since 1974.

Mayor Carlisle said part of his decision to run for a council seat stemmed from the power he would have to influence issues he is concerned about. As mayor, he couldn't vote and the council did not have to follow his advice.

"You could put your two cents in, but the council didn't have to listen to you if they didn't want to," he said. "You have more say when you are on the council."

Ms. Harman and Mayor Carlisle feel that several new developments in town -- such as the Blue Ridge Manor development, currently under construction on Rowe Road -- will be an issue the council will have to address.

"I'm not particularly anxious to have all this development going on, but we must work to keep a controlling hand on the work to make sure everything works out in the interest of the town," Ms. Harman said.

The mayor also said the council will need to provide expanded services.

"We are eventually going to have to look into getting another town hall, expanding the staff, getting more policemen and town workers," Mr. Carlisle said. "As the town grows, its maintenance increases as well."

Ms. Harman said she wants to remove roots in sewer pipes that have caused backups on Maple Avenue.

Election Supervisor Raymond C. Strine said no one but Ms. Harman had filed to run for any of the positions by yesterday.

"It is not uncommon for people to wait until the last minute to say they are going to run," said Mr. Strine, 74, a New Windsor native who has supervised recent town elections. "They have until May 1 to declare candidacy."

Residents can register to run for office at the Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a county resident for a minimum of one year and a New Windsor resident for at least six months.

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