CHESTERTOWN — Tom Herz Jr. has launched his campaign for the Second Ward council seat as evidenced by the door hangers that appeared over the weekend. He already had filed his candidacy papers Sept. 3.

Herz, an 18-year resident of Chestertown and small business owner who develops software for small and large companies, is seeking the seat currently held by Linda Kuiper.

Kuiper confirmed in an email Monday that she will seek a third term.

She is quality improvement/training coordinator for Psychotherapeutic Services Inc.

Council seats in the second and fourth wards will be filled in the Town of Chestertown’s municipal election Nov. 5. The term is four years.

Citing concerns over hearing loss, Marty Stetson announced last month that he would not seek a fourth term as the Fourth Ward councilman.

As of press time Wednesday, no one had filed for the Fourth Ward nor had there been any inquiries at town hall, according to Town Clerk Jennifer Mulligan.

Steve Atkinson, who unsuccessfully challenged Stetson in 2007 and 2015, said this week that he is considering another run “but haven’t decided one way or the other.”

The filing deadline is Oct. 4. Those seeking to run must be residents of Chestertown for at least one year and live within the ward for at least 30 days prior.

Only registered voters in the Second Ward will be eligible to vote for candidates in the Second Ward, and only registered voters in the Fourth Ward will be eligible to vote for candidates in the Fourth Ward.

The polling place is the firehouse at 211 Maple Ave. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You must be registered with the Kent County Board of Election Supervisors on or before Friday, Oct. 4. Chestertown residents who are registered with the county are automatically registered to vote in town elections.

The Kent County Board of Election Supervisors is located at 135 Dixon Drive, Chestertown. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays.

Forms and information regarding mail-in registration may be obtained from the Kent County Board of Election Supervisors at 410-778-0038.

Forms and information regarding absentee ballots may be obtained by stopping by the town office at 118 N. Cross St. or calling 410-778-0500. Absentee ballots must be requested in writing no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 29. (There is a process for gaining an emergency absentee ballot after the Oct. 29 deadline; contact the town office.)

For more information regarding the election and ward boundaries, go to www.townofchestertown.com and click on 2019 Chestertown elections.

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