Over 300 Vote In Town Election

May 10, 1945

Keeney Is Elected Mayor — Carter, Miss Harris, Greenwood To Council

THE RESULT

For Mayor
* Leroy S. Keeney . . . . . . 167
Harry L. Hesse . . . . . . . . . 130

For Council
* Earl Carter . . . . . . . . . . . 232
* Margaret Harris . . . . . .  173
* Frank Greenwood . . . . . 132
Robert Allport . . . . . . . . . 129
Wilbur Wimmer . . . . . . . .  88
E. C. Berry . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Allen Hobbs . . . . . . . . . . . .29
John Mumford . . . . . . . . . 28

* Elected

Sykesville voters elected a new mayor and three new members of the town council, one of them a woman, on Tuesday in the most spirited municipal balloting here since 1935.

Although stores and business houses were closed in observance of V-E Day, the town was the scene of much activity during the afternoon as election-minded citizens came and went and candidates and their supporters worked to bring out a vote large and favorable to their interests.

The local election officials — Mrs. R. K. Barnes, Mrs. Mahlon Grimm and Mrs. Clara Dudderar — reported a total of 303 ballots cast, the largest number in a town election since the Dr. J. B. Koerner-Clarence Clarke contest for mayor 10 years ago, when 340 votes were tallied.

By a plurality of 37 votes, Leroy S. Keeney, local fire chief, was elected Mayor of Sykesville, to succeed R. Kenneth Barnes, who second two year term soon expires. Both Keeney and Harry L. Hesse, the unsuccessful candidate for mayor, are retiring members of the town council, each having served for four years.

Elected to the Council for four year terms were Earl Carter, Miss Margaret Harris and Frank Greenwood. The six member Council includes three holdovers with two more years to serve — Henry W. Clarke, Oscar Hawkins and Malcolm E. Borman.

Mr. Carter led the entire ticket, polling a vote of 232. Despite the fact that illness prevented her from taking an active part in the campaign, Miss Harris received the second highest vote, 173, to become the first woman elected to public office in Sykesville. As was generally expected, the vote for the third member of the Council was close, Mr. Greenwood topping Robert Allport by a scant margin of three votes, the count being 132 to 129.

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