CAPON BRIDGE — Capon Bridge voters have so far shown little interest in Capon Bridge’s municipal election, in which over half the seats on the town council (3 of 5) are up for grabs.
It is the town’s first contested election in years.
Only one vote had been cast by the end of voting Monday.
Six candidates are competing for the 3 council seats. The 3 successful candidates will begin serving 4-year terms in July.
Though Mayor Steve Sirbaugh is stepping down, no candidates filed to run for that office. Town Recorder Laura Turner will perform the mayor’s duties after Sirbaugh’s term expires in July.
Early voting began last Wednesday, with the polls open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the town offices on Whitacre Lane. The last day for early voting is Saturday, June 8.
Next Tuesday is Election Day. The polls will open at 6:30 a.m., in the town community center across Route 50 from Cold Stream Road, and remain open until 7:30 Tuesday evening.
All registered voters living within the Capon Bridge town limits are eligible to vote.
Only 2 candidates’ names appear on the ballot — Nathan Spencer and Jerry Dickey, both current council members running for re-election.
The remaining 4 candidates filed too late to appear on the official ballot, and will run as write-in candidates.
In the order in which they filed, the write-in candidates are: David Kerns, Michelle Warnick, Chantelle Burkhart, and Morgan Hobbie. A list of write-in candidates will be posted at the polls.
Although the ballot allows only one line for write-in candidate, voters may add names of additional write-in candidates, and these votes will count too. (While there is nothing to stop a voter from writing other names on the ballot, only votes for the candidates who filed to run for office will be counted,)
Candidate statements were printed in the May 22 issue of the Review, in which Spencer said he was running for re-election because “there is so much going on that it’s important we have people in place that can see the thing through.”
Dickey also noted serious things were coming up, and said he was running for re-election because he is “not a quitter.”
Both mentioned the town’s plans to upgrade the sewer system as an ongoing project. The town is also considering a 1% sales tax.
The only write-in candidate to allude to specific matters under consideration was Morgan Hobbie, who mentioned “the river” as an issue, along with cleaning up the town streets. Hobbie also hopes to make government more accessible to younger voters.
David Kerns said he wants to “help the town grow,” while both Michelle Warnick and Michelle Burkhart said they hear a lot about what goes on in town, with Warnick saying she wants to see that everyone is heard and “gets a fair shake,” and Burkhart that she would like to see what she can do to make things better.