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Thurmont to hold elections for
 Commissioner's seats

Sarah Harrington

(9/1) The nominee convention to nominate candidates for this year’s Thurmont town elections will take place on September 29th. Those who wish to run in the election are invited to attend. Self-nomination will be accepted at the convention as long as second nominations are present. The convention will be held at the Municipal Offices at 7pm.

Commissioner Bill Buehrer and Commissioner Wes Hamrick’s terms are up this year, leaving those two seats on the board open. To be eligible for commissioner, a candidate must be a registered voter in Thurmont, and must have lived in the town for at least one year. Thurmont commissioners serve four-year terms, meet every Tuesday, and are paid $5,500 per year.

Though it is not official and won’t be until the nominee convention, both Commissioner Bill Bruehrer plans to run again and hopes to be able to continue serving the community. Commissioner Wes Hamrick says he is leaning towards rerunning for his position on the board for another term.

Buehrer has served the community for four years. He was elected for the position in 2011. During Buehrer’s time on the board he initiated the ordinance that made it illegal to use, possess, or sell synthetic drugs in the Thurmont area. He has been a big supporter of the community’s Senior Center. He was responsible for getting the center funds from Frederick County.

If reelected Buehrer hopes to help the community receives grants and funding for projects to enhance the community. Buehrer plans to continue encouraging businesses to locate in Thurmont. He hopes to continue his efforts to improve the community’s economic development. "I am a strong supporter of economic development." says Buehrer.

Commissioner Hamrick took his seat on the board in 2014. He took over the seat for John Kinnaird when he was elected Mayor in October of that year. He has been serving for almost two years now. Hamrick hopes to be able to continue his work serving the community. Hamrick hopes to be able to continue bringing bright ideas and perspective to the position especially the business side. For Hamrick it is about serving the community, "it is a privilege to serve the good citizens of this town and avail myself for open two-way dialogue with the citizens of Thurmont and proudly represent them on the board."

Election Day will be October 29th at the Guardian Hose Activities Building. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. The newly elected commissioners will officially be sworn into office on November 1st, Thurmont residents can register to vote for the election at town hall from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays. September 29th will be the last day to register to vote.

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