Dwight Womer, 35, has thrown his hat in the ring to become the second candidate for the May 11 Hampstead Town Council election.
Mr. Womer has been pursuing the creation of a new crosswalk for school children at North Woods Trail and Boxwood Drive, but he said that isn't why he's running for office.
"If that's still lingering by the time the election comes," he said, "shame on them."
This is his first foray into politics. He has always been interested in politics, he said, and the Town Council race is "a good kicking-off point."
The resident of Gaming Square said, "Another reason why I'm running is to give a voice to the newer homeowners that are moving into the territory."
Residents of Hampstead's newer developments, such as Roberts Field and North Carroll Farms, are under-represented on the council, he said. However, he said if he were elected he
would consider himself a representative of all Hampstead residents.
Mr. Womer said he wishes more people would become involved in local government.
Hampstead is a place where you can sit face to face with the mayor and talk about the town's needs, he said.
"That's great. That should be taken advantage of."
Mr. Womer, a construction superintendent, and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Bryan, 6, and Daniel, 4.
Mr. Womer grew up in Upperco, and the family has lived in Hampstead since 1989.
Mr. Womer coaches a Hampstead Lions Club Baseball League team.
He attends the Hampstead Baptist Church, but said he doesn't consider himself a Baptist.
Hampstead voters will elect three council members in the May 11 election. The only other declared candidate to date is Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, who is defending her seat.
The last day to register to vote in the election, or to file as a candidate, is April 12.