With longtime town commissioners Robert Reier and Edward Hopkins not seeking re-election, five candidates – including one incumbent – have lined up for a seat at one of the three positions with expiring terms on the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners.
While her two colleagues are not running to retain their seats, incumbent town commissioner Susan Burdette has thrown her name into the ring for re-election – meaning at least two of the three open seats will be filled by a newcomer.
The other four candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot include Philip Einhorn, Brendan Hopkins, Diane Simmons, and Hunter Smith.
The terms of town commissioners Robert M. Preston and Patrick T. Richards expire in November 2017.
2015 ELECTION FOR TOWN OF BEL AIR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Election – November 3, 2015
2015 Candidate List:
1. Susan U. Burdette
2. Philip L. Einhorn
3. Brendan P. Hopkins
4. Diane E. Simmons
5. Hunter M. Smith
The Town of Bel Air Municipal Election for the Board of Town Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The Town is using the Maryland State Board of Elections certified Diebold Premium Accu-Vote TS Voting System.
The Board of Town Commissioners consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms. Any registered voter of the Town of Bel Air who desires to file as a candidate for commissioner must be a registered voter of the town and be a resident of the town for at least six months immediately preceding the election. The second meeting November of each year, the commissioners elect a member to serve as chair and vice chair of the Board of Town Commissioners. The chair has the honorary title of “Mayor.”
2015 Town Election
Anyone who desires to file as a candidate for Commissioner of the Town of Bel Air must have resided in the Town for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election and shall be a registered voter of the State of Maryland. Candidates must file in person, at Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, and complete a written certificate of candidacy and code of ethics financial disclosure statement with the Town Clerk of their intention to run for the office of Commissioner on or before October 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The filing fee is $25.00. Should you have any questions relative to the status of your voter registration, contact the Harford County Board of Elections at (410) 638-3565.
All eligible residents of the Town of Bel Air who desire to vote in the Town Election on November 3, 2015 must be a registered voter of the State of Maryland. If you are not registered, or have any questions regarding your registration, contact the Harford County Board of Elections on or before the voter registration deadline of October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for registration are available at the Harford County Elections Office located at 133 Industry Lane, Forest Hill; the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles at 501 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air; Bel Air Town Hall; or on line at www.harfordvotes.info, or call (410) 638-3565 for more information.
Every person who meets all of the following qualifications may vote: 1) is a citizen of the United States; 2) is eighteen (18) years of age or older by the date of the election; 3) is a registered voter in the State of MD and has resided within the Town of Bel Air for at least twenty?one days preceding the Town election; and 4) is not constitutionally regulated or disqualified to be a registered voter pursuant to Election Law § 3-102 (b) of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at the Harford County Board of Elections, 133 Industry Lane, Forest Hill, MD 21050 or by calling (410) 638?3565. The deadline for receipt of Absentee Ballot Applications by the Harford County Board of Elections is October 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. by mail, or 11:59 p.m. by fax to (410) 638?3310 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive your ballot by mail. After this deadline applications and ballots must be picked up in person at the Harford County Board of Elections. Ballots must be received and stamped at the Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, on or before the close of the polls (8:00 PM) on Election Day.
Harford County Board of Elections
133 Industry Lane
Forest Hill, MD 21050