Maxine C. Wooleyhand entered the race for mayor to give Sykesville's voters a choice, she said.
Last night, they chose her opponent, Kenneth W. Clark, by a margin of 177-130.
Mr. Clark, the Town Council president, will succeed Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr., whose impending move to Westminster makes him ineligible for municipal office in Sykesville. Mayor Helt served three four-year terms.
The mayoral race was the only contest in town, as three nominees ran unopposed for the three available council seats. Voters returned two incumbents -- Julie A. Kaus and Eugene E. Johnson Sr. -- to the council and gave Mr. Clark's seat to Garth Adams.
Mr. Johnson tallied 259 votes; Mr. Adams received 254, and Ms. Koss got 249.
A fourth candidate's name was removed from the ballot at his request.
A total of 310 voters turned out for the election, and Mayor Helt said he was pleased with that.
"Three hundred and ten voters is . . . far and away a record" for a town election, he said, "and it's great for only one contested race."
Mr. Clark said he was "glad it's over, and I'm looking forward to starting to work" with the council.
Said Ms. Wooleyhand: "I made it a race, and that's what counted."
"I'm happy Ken Clark won," Mayor Helt said. "He'll be a fine mayor. He made it possible for me to leave the office in good hands."
Mr. Adams said he believes fliers that he, Mr. Clark and Ms. Wooleyhand sent to voters stimulated the turnout.