CUMBERLAND — With the deadline approaching next month to file for the mayor’s post and two City Council seats, so far only incumbents Mayor Brian Grim and David Kauffman have announced their intentions to run.
Grim filed to seek re-election as mayor in June. City Councilman Kauffman filed the required paperwork in December to return his name to the ballot.
However, the council seat held by Nick Scarpelli, who officially kicked off his campaign for House of Delegates on Jan. 4, will be open.
“I’ve enjoyed being on the council. It’s very rewarding,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli is a candidate for the District 1-C seat currently held by LeRoy Myers, who announced he will not seek re-election.
“We need citizens who value our community to step forward to take leadership roles,” said Scarpelli.
The City Council has four seats with members serving four-year terms. The availability of the seats are staggered so that only two seats come up for election each two-year election cycle.
The post of mayor is also a four-year term.
The deadline for filing for the city posts is Feb. 25, according to Margie Wood-ring, city clerk.
The City Council seats currently held by Nicole Wagoner and Dave Caporale will be up for re-election in 2016.
“I have enjoyed being on the council more than I thought I would,” said Caporale.
Caporale said he feels that the city has a good staff.
“We are going in the right direction,” said Caporale, referring to the recent Times-News article on the city’s ability to get its finances in the black for the first time since 2007.
Both Caporale and Wagoner hope interested individuals will step forward to toss their hat in the ring.
“If you want to make a difference, go out and do it. Don’t be afraid to try,” said Caporale.
“I’m hoping that energetic, progressive individuals come forward and file to keep the city moving in the right direction,” said Wagoner.
Woodring said anyone interested in serving can find out more online.
“You can get more details on the city website or call us at 301-722-2000,” said Woodring.
Scarpelli feels that others will get in the race by the Feb. 25 deadline.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see more stepping forward,” said Scarpelli.
“They will find out that they can do something with the ideas they have.”
Wagoner said she will miss Scarpelli.
“He has a passion for his community and an outstanding level of initiative and energy in working to improve our economy. I feel certain this will make him an outstanding delegate,” said Wagoner.
The primary election is scheduled for June 24 and the general election Nov. 4.
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