CAMBRIDGE – Five residents of Cambridge have submitted the necessary documents to appear on the ballot for a special election to be held June 6. The upcoming special election will fill the …
CAMBRIDGE – Five residents of Cambridge have submitted the necessary documents to appear on the ballot for a special election to be held June 6. The upcoming special election will fill the remainder of the commissioner terms for Ward 1 and Ward 5.
The Ward 1 ballot will comprise Laurel E. Atkiss and Chad Malkus. The Ward 5 ballot will comprise Robert G. Aaron, Cleveland L. Rippons and Brian R. Roche.
The commissioners of Cambridge called for a special election on April 24 to fill the unexpired terms for Wards 1 and 5. Under the city’s charter, the only remedy to fill a vacancy in an elected office is to hold a special election. The special election winners will serve until January 2025.
In-person voting on June 6 will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 205 Maryland Ave.. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This polling station will be the only in-person location for both wards.
Registered voters may also request an absentee ballot for the special election. Requested absentee ballots will be mailed to voters requesting them starting the week of May 15.
If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in Ward 5, then the two candidates receiving the most votes will proceed to a run-off election to be held July 11. Because Ward 1 has only two candidates, one candidate is almost certain to receive more than 50% of the vote and no runoff is likely for the Ward 1 race.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidates’ debate. It will take place at Delmarva Community Services’ Weinberg Intergenerational Center on May 24, 6-8 p.m., at 108 Chesapeake St.
Debate topics will cover issues important to residents of the city, including budget priorities, law enforcement and crime, transparency of council deliberations and the relationship between the city and county councils.
After a welcome by the moderator, candidates will make opening statements and respond to questions posed by the moderator and members of the audience. Audience members will have an opportunity to offer written questions on index cards provided by the league.
To get to the Weinberg Intergenerational Center, from U.S. 50, take Md. 16 west toward Taylor’s Island. Past Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, turn right on Chesapeake Street (across from Egypt Road). Mid-block, turn right into the Intergenerational Center.
Contact City Manager Tom Carroll at TCarroll@ChooseCambridge.com or at 410-228-4020 with any questions.