Two incumbents, two newcomers file for Leonardtown council race

With the deadline for filing less than a week away, two incumbents and two newcomers have filed for the Tuesday, May 6 Leonardtown Town Council election. There are three seats up for election this year.

Incumbents Leslie Roberts and Roger Mattingly have filed as well as newcomers Christopher Jeys and Bob Wentworth. Tom Collier, who has been on the council for ten years and before that a planning commission member, has announced he does not intend to seek re-election.

Deadline for filing is Monday April 21 at 4:30 p.m. In order to hold an elective or appointive office as Mayor or as a Town Council member one must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the Town for at least one year, and at least 21 years of age. Property ownership alone does not qualify for election or appointment as a Town Councilmember.

In order to vote in the election a person must be registered to vote in St. Mary’s County and have their polling place be the Leonardtown fire hall. All town residents vote there. The only exceptions, according to Mayor Dan Burris, are that military families living in Leonardtown who are not registered to vote in the county can register at the town hall.

Qualifications to vote are: being registered to vote, U.S. citizenship, 18 years of age and a resident of town for 30 days prior to the election.

The deadline for registering to vote is Friday April 18 at 5 p.m. at the election office at the county government center. Deadline for submitting a completed application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 29 at the town office at 4:30 p.m. Deadline for obtaining an emergency ballot (for emergencies that occurred after the absentee ballot deadline) is Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.



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