The first candidate to enter the Hampstead Town Council race is Jacqueline Hyatt, who filed her candidacy March 11, Town Clerk Pat Warner said.
"No sense waiting until the last minute," said Ms. Hyatt. "I really do want to run again. . . . I think I make a difference."
She said the projects on which she has made a difference include the Northeast Tourist Bureau; the Hampstead swimming pool; the town tree commission; the council's parks and recreation committee; and the effort to preserve the Hampstead train station.
Ms. Hyatt was appointed to the council in July 1991 to fill a vacancy created when Councilman Clint Becker was elected mayor.
She has owned a Hampstead pet shop, Hyatt's Animal Boutique, for 17 years. For the last two years, she also has owned Doggie Ware, a pet shop in South Baltimore. She moves between the two stores, she said, and works seven days a week.
Ms. Hyatt has three daughters and a son. She has served as PTA president at elementary and high schools.
The deadline to file as a candidate for the Hampstead council election is April 12. That is also the deadline to register to vote. Hampstead will hold its council election May 11.
To become a candidate for elected office in Hampstead, a person must fill in a nomination form at the Town Hall. No fee is required, and there is no need to gather signatures on petitions.
Ms. Hyatt is one of three council members whose terms end this year. The others are Lewis O. Keyser Jr. and William S. Pearson Sr.