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Thurmont fills commissioner seats - Lookingbill wins first term, Muth re-elected

Ashley Andyshak
News-Post Staff

(10/2) Bob Lookingbill set up camp at 7 a.m. Monday outside the Guardian Hose Company activities building.

Fourteen hours later, he was tired, but said the long day was worth it.

Lookingbill was elected to one of two open commissioner seats, garnering nearly half the votes cast in Monday's election.

"I hope to be able to pay back some of the love they've shown me over the years and do a good job for them," he said of the residents of the town where he's lived for 35 years.

Commissioner Glenn Muth was elected to his second term on the board Monday, filling the other open seat.

Only 28 percent of the town's registered voters showed up at the polls Monday to choose from a field of seven candidates. Lookingbill received 433 of the 909 votes cast, and Muth took 312.

Lookingbill has said he wants to start a seniors commission, similar to the town's police commission, so older residents will have a direct link to the board of commissioners. He's said he also wants to explore the idea of bringing a YMCA or YWCA to town, and focus on fixing the town's sewer system issues. He currently serves on the police commission as well as the town's board of appeals.

Muth said he kept his campaign promises during his first term, and that's most likely what got him re-elected.

"I didn't spend a lot (on campaigning) this time out," he said.

Muth voted against increases in water rates this year, but said the town's sewer rate increase was necessary to fund the multi-million-dollar rehabilitation project mandated by the state.

He said wants the town to continue to work on the sewer issues, acquire more water sources and upgrade town facilities.

Lookingbill and Muth will be sworn in at the Nov. 6 town meeting.

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