Snow to challenge Printz in Elkton’s mayoral race

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ELKTON — Elkton voters will have a mayoral race to decide come Nov. 8.

Former Councilman Randell Snow submitted signatures for both council and mayor in June and had until Friday, Aug. 19, to decide in which race he was going to run.

Snow withdrew from the council election on Aug. 18, according to the county registrar’s office, which means that he is challenging incumbent Wayne Printz for the mayor’s seat.

Snow’s decision means that incumbents Joshua Gooden and Margaretta Isom will be re-elected and that newcomer Steve America, a Walmart Distribution Center employee and former professional wrestler, will be elected.

Councilman Gerry “Bootie” Comer’s seat is up, but he did not run after being appointed to replace Printz following his election to mayor in November 2014.

Snow, a retired teacher and athletic director, spoke during public comment at last week’s council meeting and said the town should “pay whatever costs to make (the town hall) usable again and move back in.”

Council closed the historic building on Aug. 3 and moved its employees to the Elkton Area Community Center after mold was found on all three floors.

The police department had been relocated to the EACC on July 22 after a pipe burst in the basement of the circa-1840 building. ServPro of Harrisonburg later found mold during an inspection.

Printz has said that he doubts that town staff will move back into the building located between Rockingham Street and Spotswood Avenue.

In September, Printz asked council to consider making a plan for a new town hall.

Council has not yet made a decision on how to proceed, but Vice Mayor Jay “Tony” Dean has suggested buying a modular building for $70,000 and placing it on the community center grounds.

Expanding the community center is another option.

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