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With 9 p.m. today (Friday) being the deadline to file to run for town commissioner in Bel Air, seven people have filed to run for the two seats held by commissioners Robert Preston and David Carey, both of whom are seeking re-election.

The town election will be held Nov. 3.

Richard Davis, Deborah Cassilly and Gregory Adolph all filed Wednesday.

Davis, 35, who lives on Courtland Street, ran unsuccessfully two years ago.

He is running “just to get younger people involved in the town,” Davis said. “I hope to accomplish saving the town money rather than spending $5 million on town hall.”

Davis is a lifelong resident of Bel Air and is an officer with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

He has worked as a lineman for BGE for the past 10 years.

Adolph, 26, has lived in Bel Air for 5-1/2 years and works as an engineer for George W. Stephens, Jr. and Associates in Belcamp, he said he has owned a house in Bel Air for 3 1/2 years.

A member of the board for Moores Mill Manor condominiums, he has been attending town meetings for the past year and said he understands the importance of knowing what goes on in town and “the glut among young people and their involvement” in town politics.

Cassilly, who said Tuesday she was still undecided about running, could not be reached for comment Thursday. Her husband, Robert, is a former town commissioner and Harford County Council member.

The two other candidates who previously filed are David Mitchell and Steven Testerman.

Mitchell, 53, owns a cleaning service and works as a security guard at Harford Memorial Hospital and the Maryland State Fair Association.

A resident of Major’s Choice, he owns five properties in Bel Air and volunteers for the July 4 committee.

Testerman, 60, lives by the Bel Air library and works as a senior superintendent for Morgan-Keller Construction in Frederick. He has lived in Bel Air for about 20 years.

Preston, 60, the current town board chairman and honorary mayor, and Carey, 45, have served multiple terms.

Carey, a lawyer with the Brown, Brown & Young law firm on Main Street, was first elected town commissioner in 1997.

Preston, owner of Preston’s Stationery, Inc., on Main Street, was first elected in 2002. He was voted chairman by the five board members two years ago.

The town commissioners are elected to staggered, four-year terms. The board re-elects a member to serve as chair and vice-chair each year. The other three commissioners, whose terms are not up this year, are David Reier, Terry Hanley and Edward Hopkins.


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