Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Six to compete in special commissioner race

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Walkersville residents will soon vote to replace former Commissioner James E. Reid, who resigned from the town board in November after 13 months in office.

Six candidates have signed up to run in a special election from noon until 8 p.m., Feb. 21, at town hall. Candidates include:

Ronald L. Layman, 60, is running for public office for the first time. A painter, he has lived in Walkersville for his entire life.

Jay D. Lochner, 30, is also a first-time candidate. The professional painter⁄business owner has lived in the area his entire life, and has been a Walkersville resident since 2002.

Joseph Magluilo Jr., 47, served as a Walkersville commissioner from 2000-06, resigning to spend more time with family. He also served as a Planning and Zoning commissioner from 2001-04. Magluilo also served on the Walkersville Zoning Board of Appeals from 1999-2000. He has lived in Walkersville for 22 years and works as a forensic toxicologist and medical examiner.

Philip N. Postelle, 68, used to be the chief executive officer of a research and development company. Postelle has lived in Walkersville for six years.

Teresa K. Spicer, 49, a substitute teacher for Frederick County Public Schools, has lived in the area for 22 years, and in Walkersville for the last 12. This is her first time in a political race.

Russell N. Winch, 44, was appointed to Walkersville’s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2003. He also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2000-03. Winch, a mechanical engineer, has lived in Walkersville for 13 years.

The Gazette gave each candidate the same three questions, and asked them to respond in written form, using 50 words or less. Some of the responses have been edited for space.