CENTREVILLE — Democracy is alive and well in Centreville. Two candidates will be in the running this Oct. 7 election for the vacant position on the Town Council. George Sigler and Josh Shonts have agreed to take part in an Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters Candidate Forum on Monday evening, Sept. 23. The forum is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Vincit Building — the new county office building across from the Acme shopping center.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, candidate Josh Shonts welcomed anyone interested to a meet and greet at his new Centreville location of Smoke, Rattle and Roll.
“I think it’s important that we all sit down and share ideas,” said Shonts. “I also think it’s important that you understand my line of thinking and what I bring to the table. I’m doing this because I want to be a public servant not because of my own self interests. I work a ton but always make time for the things that are important. This is important!”
The advocates group Centreville Five Alive, that petitioned the town to include an option on the October ballot for five council members in lieu of the three that are presently required by charter, has opened another social media page for residents only: Centreville Candidates Forum.
Residents can request to join the private group on Facebook, and moderators there are encouraging both candidates to respond to online questions and polls posed by group members.
The group is encouraging discussion of important topics of interest to town members and also brainstorming ideas to help the town thrive. One idea posed by Symphony Village resident Bob Hardy is to ask restaurants in town, and close to the polls, to consider staying open later or offering dine-in or carry-out specials on election night. Hardy said he has already received positive feedback on the idea from the Commerce Street Creamery and O’Shucks Irish Pub and hopes to encourage other town businesses, including Domino’s Pizza, Red Zone, and the Colosseum, among others, to advertise their own specials.
With Monday being a particularly slow night for most restaurants, Hardy said, he considers this an ideal way to relive the stress of fixing dinner and making time to get to the polls — and potentially turn election night into a friends and family night out.