Voters in the town of Thurmont will go to the polls on October 26 to choose two commissioners from a list of seven candidates and vote for the mayor – a post for which incumbent John Kinnaird has no challenger.
At a town hall meeting last week, the candidates came forward and explained to the audience why they were running. Besides Kinnaird, the only incumbent candidate for re-election is Commissioner Wayne Hooper. Commissioner Martin Burns has chosen not to run for another term.
The terms of Commissioners Bill Buehrer and Wes Hamrick will expire in October 2023.
Hooper is a member of the Maryland Municipal League Hall of Fame and has served as a liaison with various city councils and commissions, according to the commissioner’s biography on the city’s website.
He expressed his enthusiasm at the number of people showing up at the municipal office during Tuesday’s meeting. He would like to continue serving the city, he told the audience, especially because there are a few projects he would like to see come to fruition.
âI love the city and I love the people here, and I hope I can continue to serve,â he said.
Gunn, a Department of Defense contractor in Washington, DC, with a background in project management, said he decided to run for commissioner because “the time has come when people have to step in and make sure we take care of our communities â.
“I have a 2 year old child, I have a 7 month old child, I am a Christian and I feel like I am being attacked in this country,” he said.
He wants to make sure that the commission protects the values ââof Thurmont as a small town and protects the rights of everyone, he added later.
Blank has lived in Thurmont for fifteen years. His mother’s family is from the area, he told the public last week.
He is a candidate for the post of commissioner because he wants to change the city for the better and “bring new ideas and a new face” to his government.
Although Stouter left Thurmont for school, he spent the first years of his life on Carroll Street, he said Tuesday evening. He recently returned to his hometown and got involved in several of his fundraisers.
He loves Thurmont, he said, and it would be an honor to serve his residents.
“I don’t have much experience like Bill [Blakeslee]”, he said with a shrug and a chuckle, referring to his competitor,” or really an agenda, but I just like serving the community. “
Massett, who grew up in the city and later raised his children there, prefers to call herself a “longtimer” from Thurmont instead of a “veteran”.
She served on the city’s first recycling commission and spent 10 years on its planning and zoning commission. She has also had a long career in social services, which has given her first-hand knowledge of the challenges that many people in northern Frederick County face – economic hardship, substance abuse, and finding transportation and child care. affordable children. Her job has taught her to listen, she says.
“If I’m elected you’re gonna get my email address, you’re gonna meet me at the grocery store, at the library, at the movies in the park and Halloween in the park, all the things we do as a community of small town, âshe said, later adding,â When I meet you in these places, I will be ready to listen to you. “
Guillory, who has lived in Thurmont for two years, has spent most of his life working with people with intellectual disabilities. She is currently working with L’Arche Frederick, a non-profit organization that promotes community between people with and without developmental disabilities.
She is ready to serve the town of Thurmont in any way she can, she said. She thinks she could offer a new perspective to the city commission, she said Tuesday evening.
Blakeslee has been a resident of Thurmont for approximately 50 years. He was commissioner for four years and executive director for six years, and was a member of planning and zoning, parks and water conservation commissions.
âI believe that if I am elected, the city will be more than satisfied with my performance as commissioner,â he said. “They were satisfied before, I think they would be now.”
The current commissioner, Martin Burns, was the one who appointed Blakeslee for the post. He said the candidate had been treasurer of Thurmont’s Little League for around 14 years and worked with Kinnaird and the town’s economic development director, Vickie Grinder, to get Thurmont officially recognized as a âstreetâ community. main â.
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