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Princess Anne's Municipal Election Overshadowed By Controversy

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Voters cast their ballots in Princess Anne's municipal election on Tuesday in the midst of an extortion scandal looming over the town. Competing for the District 1 Town Commissioner seat, Mike Hall and Clifton Harcum. Much of the attention leading up to this election was not focused on the District 1 seat, but centered around the uncontested District 2 seat held by Town Commissioner Dennis Williams.

The attention shift came after Town Commissioner Lionel Frederick was arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from Town Commissioner Dennis Williams in exchange for Frederick keeping another potential candidate from running for Williams' District 2 seat. 

Voters like Jeanne DuNord and her husband said people in the community are fed up with political pollution plaguing their town.

"This is about the fourth go around for Princess Anne; we've had three people who have come here to take advantage of the town, and now we've got the fourth. These people are users and they want to take advantage and I hope the third time was a charm and this fourth time will finally prove to people, don't o to Princess Anne and try to take advantage of those people," DuNord said. 

Candidates Clifton Harcum and Mike Hall were asked if they felt the controversy overshadowed their campaign efforts. 

"I don't really think its taken away from this election cycle. That situation has nothing really to do with what I'm doing out here and I'm sure it will work itself out through the justice system," Harcum said.

Hall said, "Not a bit. Neither a bit in the world did it affect my campaign efforts. People I talk to are concerned about the town and what I can do for them."

Voter Angela White said she cast her vote to make a difference and wants to see the town move past this recent scandal in a positive direction.

"I would like somebody honest to do what they say they're going to do and just make Princess Anne a little bit better than it is now," White said. 

When alll was said and done, by a vote of 93-49, incumbent Hall was elected once again to his District One seat, beating out Harcum. 

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