by Lisa Tome
Changes to the way the Town of Elkton elects officials have brought surprising results.
Three candidates have already filed for the election, which will be held May 8, 2018.
Elkton High School teacher Nicole Hammond was the first to file for election. She is vying to be a town commissioner. Her filing was followed by that of the incumbent commissioners - Mary Jo Jablonski and Jeanne Broomell. Jablonski has served for several terms.
Broomell, who was a prior board member, was appointed to fill out the term of former commissioner DJ Van Reenen who vacated his post in 2016. Those elected will serve a four year term.
The new year will also be a mayoral election in Elkton. No one has yet filed for mayor.
Elkton's town board paved the way for election changes in 2016. Those changes were designed to ensure that there would be no more filing at the eleventh hour filing to run for office in Elkton.
Office staff also won't have to scramble to create ballots at the last minute and rush to validate those who are running. On September 21, 2016 officials in Elkton passed a charter amendment changing the town's election schedule. Before, Elkton town elections were always held the fourth week in May, sometimes conflicting with Memorial Day. Resolution R9-2016 changed the election day to the second Tuesday in May. The mayoral election will be for a four year term. The election for commissioners will also be the second Tuesday in May, every two years, for two commissioners.
Before, candidates had to file to run for office as few as two weeks before the election. Now, candidates must file 60 days before the election.