The town of Walkersville could welcome a slate of new leaders after the Sept. 10 election, since only one of the five commissioners have filed to seek re-election.
As of Tuesday, Russell Winch was the only commissioner and resident to file for candidacy.
People who have lived in the town’s corporate limits for three years or more have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to file to run in the election. All the commissioners and the burgess, who serve for three years, are up for re-election.
If re-elected, Winch will not continue to serve alongside Commissioner Sam Eyler, who said Monday that he will not seek re-election.
“I’ve had 10 years, and I feel I need to get out of it for now,” the 75-year-old Eyler said. “Another three years and I would be close to 80. I just don’t need the extra worry.”
Eyler has served on the commission since 2002.
In 2008, Winch was elected commissioner to fill a vacancy following the resignation of Jim Reid. Winch was re-elected in 2009. He also served on the town’s board of appeals, and is currently the liaison to the town’s planning and zoning commission.
“I’d like to continue my service to the town,” Winch said. “I want to continue the town’s farm-based persona and the green land around Walkersville. I am not a pro-growth person. I like the small town atmosphere.”
The remainder of the board, including Burgess Ralph Whitmore, said Monday they were unsure if they will run for re-election.
“I haven’t decided yet,” Whitmore said. “I’ve been there a long time. Maybe I’m done. My friends and family would like me to run.”
Whitmore served as town commissioner from 1991 to 1998. In 1998, he was elected burgess and has served in that position ever since.
Commissioner Chad Weddle, who has served since 1996, said he also has yet to make a decision.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “I want to see who else is running.”
Commissioners Debbie Zimmerman and Donald Schildt also said Monday they had yet to decide.
“You know what, I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Zimmerman, who has been on the board since 1996. “My family says I’m running, but until I sign that form, I’m not.”
“I’m discussing a couple of options,” said Schildt, who would not elaborate. “I just don’t know.”
Schildt has served as a commissioner since 1999.
People wanting to run can pick up a certificate of candidacy at the Walkersville Town Hall, at 21 W. Frederick St. To vote, residents must be a registered in Frederick County. The election is from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10, at Town Hall.
For more information, contact officials the town at 301-845-4500.