Berlin finalizes five mayoral candidates for October 6th election

BERLIN, Md. – This October, Berlin residents will have the chance to elect a mayor as five candidates have thrown their hat in the ring to lead the town.

Berlin’s current Mayor, Gee Williams, is one of five candidates on the ballot for the upcoming election. Williams has held the position for the last 12 years and says he wants to focus on completing long term projects including the development of Heron Park, creating a new community center and improving storm water management.

“I don’t think it’s time to make a u-turn,” says Williams. “I would like to serve one more term to finish some things that we have started. Although we’ve accomplished much we still have things in the pipeline that can and need to be done.”

Meanwhile, Jennifer Allen is a registered nurse who retired to Berlin about five years ago after more than 30 years of federal service at Walter Reed. She believes her management background will help her address the town’s finances including how tax payer money is spent.

“But with the efficiency of things you can look at how much money you could save you look for the areas of inefficiency and once you fix that area of inefficiency you can save thousands of dollars in some cases,” says Allen.

Bill Todd is another candidate on the ballot. He has lived in Berlin for about ten years and believes he would bring fresh energy to the town. Todd says he would like to focus on developing the town’s arts and entertainment potential to help increase tourism.

“This is something that we can really nourish here and make us even more of a destination for people when they know all of the great things we have going on. I just want to make sure we can be an incubator for the arts,” says Todd.

Current council member Zack Tyndall is also running for mayor of Berlin. He tells 47 ABC, as mayor he would prioritize public safety issues and infrastructure needs while also addressing financial concerns like the current tax rate.

“We had a huge tax increase that was hard on a lot of people. It was also hard on a lot of our small businesses. So getting our finances in order and making good smart financial decisions is one of my key focus areas as the next mayor,” says Tyndall.

Town officials say the normal voter turnout is around 25 percent of about 33-hundred registered voters. Every candidate who spoke with 47 ABC says they hope people get involved in the process.

The fifth mayoral candidate is Ronald Bireley. 47 ABC reached out to him for an interview several times but have not heard back yet.

The Berlin election is October 6th. On the ballot residents will also be voting for council members for District 2, District 3 and the At-Large seat.

Other important dates for the 2020 Election are as follows:

  • Absentee Voting application submission deadlines:
    • 5:00 PM, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 for applications to be received by mail
      (postmark NOT accepted).
    • 5:00 PM, Friday, October 2, 2020 for applications to be received in person at
      Berlin Town Hall, 10 William Street, Berlin.
  • Write-In Candidate – Deadline is 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Note: WriteIn Candidates will not appear on the ballot.
  • Election Day – Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Polling places open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Voters in Districts 1 and 2 will vote at Buckingham Presbyterian Church at 20 S. Main Street and Voters in Districts 3 and 4 will vote at the Berlin Police Department at 129 Decatur Street.
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