Hyatt, Thomas, Womer win seats in Hampstead


Incumbent Jacqueline Hyatt and newcomers Wayne H. Thomas and Dwight Womer outpaced five other candidates yesterday to win seats on the Hampstead Town Council.

With about 14 percent of Hampstead's 1,604 registered voters casting ballots, Mr. Thomas garnered 154 votes, Ms. Hyatt 119 votes and Mr. Womer 108.

Incumbent William S. Pearson Sr. was among those defeated. Eight candidates, including two incumbents, were vying for four-year terms on three council seats.

"I think it's terrific," said Mr. Thomas, who did extensive door-to-door campaigning. "The people of Hampstead have spoken, and they have spoken for change."

The other candidates and their votes were David B. Hopkins, 28 votes; Greg Jugo, 56 votes; Russell S. Laderer, 99 votes; Mr. Pearson, 50 votes; and James F. Piet, 26 votes.

Issues in the election included improving traffic conditions on congested Route 30, the restoration of a train station and whether the town should encourage new business.

During a candidates forum last week, tension between residents of new developments and those living in older parts of town came to the surface.

Residents of new developments contended they have often been ignored by the five-member council.

"I'm really happy people didn't feel the need to have me go out with the old," said Ms. Hyatt.

At least four of the candidates live in new developments.

Traffic along Route 30 remained a major issue, and most candidates offered similar solutions to ease congestion.

Mr. Piet, 40, who works for Masonry Contractors Inc., said Hampstead should continue to lobby the state to remain in line for money to build a bypass. Mr. Thomas, 42, a computer systems engineer, agreed but said the town should lobby both the state and the county.

Mr. Womer, 35, a construction superintendent, said the town should have begun pushing for a bypass earlier and should have already had one in place.

"I'm surprised," Mr. Womer said of his win. "I will do my best to serve the people of Hampstead and to keep an open and caring mind."

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