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Municipal election season to kick off

By Staff | Feb 5, 2010

Mayor Jim Auxer announced this week his intentions to run for re-election. Chronicle File Photo/Michael Theis

Shepherdstown’s political campaign season kicks off March 1, when the municipal candidate filing period opens, running through March 12. Write-in candidates have until March 30 to file with the Town Hall. Shepherdstown’s municipal election will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

The entire slate of elected municipal offices are up for grabs: mayor, town recorder, and five at-large town council members.

Aspiring and incumbent hopefuls interested in running for office must fill out a notarized candidacy form available from the town clerk at Town Hall on 104 N. King Street.

The mayor’s office and the town recorder are elected by simple majority. The five council member seats are filled by the five council candidates with the most votes.

Three ballot commissioners will oversee the municipal election: incumbent Town Recorder Lori Robertson, town clerk Amy Boyd and Shepherdstown area-resident Eric Janus.

Incumbent mayor Jim Auxer indicated that he’s running again, saying in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning “at this point in time I am running for mayor.”

This election marks to first opportunity for residents of the newly annexed Shepherd University West Campus dormitories to participate in Shepherdstown’s political process. During the debate over the West Campus annexation, many local opponents of the move argued that the dormitory students would flex their political muscle to the disadvantage of local homeowners.

– For more information, visit www.shepherdstown.us