Blakeslee and Glenn Muth will help govern
the town for the next four years.
Mr. Blakeslee and
Mr. Muth led all candidates in the
election to fill two seats on the townís
board of commissioners. Frank Kurtz
finished third in the race, and incumbent
Kenneth Oland was fourth.
also chose to accept three amendments to
the town charter that were passed by the
board in June. The controversial changes
were placed on the ballot when enough
valid signatures were collected on a
Mr. Blakeslee was
the choice of 617 of the record 1,109
people who voted, while Mr. Muth collected
564 votes. Mr. Kurtz finished with 516
votes, and Mr. Oland totaled 479.
Mr. Blakeslee and
Mr. Muth said they were grateful that they
were the votersí choices.
the confidence the voters have shown in
me," said Mr. Blakeslee, who was
successful in his first attempt to gain
elected office. "I think people in
the town recognized that I had a
background in youth and civic
Mr. Muth thanked
the people who supported him and worked on
his campaign. Mr. Oland lost the seat he
held for four years. The other seat being
filled is held by Eddie Hobbs, who opted
to leave the board after 19 years of
service. Both current terms expire Oct.
Mr. Kurtz, who was
running his first campaign, and Mr. Oland
each said he expected to earn a seat on
the board. Mr. Oland said the outcome may
have been affected by what he considered
"badmouth" tactics by some
opponents at the two election forums.
"I think I
ran a fair and honest campaign even though
I think some others didnít run fair and
honest," he said.
voting, the amendment stating that the
board alone has the power to suspend or
terminate departments heads was accepted
by a 561-474 margin.
addition outlining a procedure for the
approval of investigations of town
officers or employees received 554 votes
of approval and 479 votes against.
dealing with the hiring, removal and role
of the town attorney was affirmed by 544
voters with 470 voting against.
Mr. Blakeslee said
he thought the referendums were affirmed
because voters had time to read them
"in a calm, unemotional manner."
When they did that, he said, they
discovered that the changes were not
But Mr. Burns had
a different opinion. He believed some
voters were confused by the wording of the
"A lot of
people donít know what they voted
for," he contended. "Case in
point, my son voted for one of them."
Though the results
mean two incumbents who had voted in the
majority on most controversial decisions
in recent months will be out of office by
weekís end, the voters didnít seem to
send any clear messages. Mr. Blakeslee had
aligned himself with Mr. Oland, while Mr.
Muth and Mr. Kurtz had taken public
stances supporting Mr. Burns and Mr.
Terpko on some issues.
Hooper, the lone remaining member of the
three-man group that often voted together
to form a majority, said the decision to
elect a candidate on each side of the
political fence provided no clear mandate
for either faction.
Mr. Burns had
didnít vote for one section of the board
versus another section of the board,"
the mayor said. "They voted for who
they thought was going to do the best job
for the Town of Thurmont."
Mr. Burns and Mr.
Terpko said they donít think the new
board would vote in blocs like the current
sitting on the board are independent
thinkers," Mr. Terpko said.
"Theyíre going to make decisions
based on whatís the best decision for
the town ..."
Despite the rain
that fell most of the day, 32.7 percent of
Thurmontís 3,389 registered voters made
their way to the Guardian Hose Co.
Activity Building on Monday to decide the