Karin Tome, a Brunswick City Council member, plans to run for mayor in August.

A 20-year city resident, Tome, 53, was elected to the council in 2008 after about a year of active involvement and opposition to the city's annexation of the Brunswick Crossing development, which almost doubled the size of the city, she said.

Brunswick Crossing, which opened in 2010, is expected to eventually include some 1,500 houses.

Tome supported a failed 2001 referendum on the annexation, mostly because she believed it would create a divide in the city, she said.

"I didn't want to see Brunswick go in that direction," Tome said. "Rather, I wanted to see Brunswick grow out slowly."

As the development begins to grow, along with renewed interest in downtown investment, Tome said she wants to foster mutual respect and cooperation among newcomers with fresh ideas for the future and lifelong residents who built the railroad city and may find the transition difficult.

"I see myself in the role of continuing that transition," she said.

Brunswick City Administrator Rick Weldon said Wednesday he did not know of any other person who has picked up a filing packet for mayor, though he suspected more than one person will likely run for the office. The filing deadline is July 9 and in past years, some candidates have filed only days before the deadline. The mayoral election will be held Aug. 7.

Mayor Carroll Jones, who will have been in office for 12 years in August, said he will likely decide by May whether to run for re-election.

Tome is married and has two children. She has worked for about 12 years as a part-time library associate at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick.

She has also served as a member and past president of the Brunswick Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.

Four years on the council have taught her the art of compromise, she said.

"You have to pick the issues you're most concerned with," Tome said. "Persistence is important, and education, getting the correct facts out."

Tome said she wants to encourage more involvement and input from residents, particularly at city meetings, though she realizes people are busy and already volunteer a lot of time to local sports programs and schools.

"I think a lot of people aren't as likely to get involved because they feel as though 'you can't fight city hall,'" she said.

She also wants to foster a more open city government, in part by finding a simpler way to show where budget dollars are spent, she said.

As a wildlife biology major with a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine, Tome said sustainability is another important theme she would focus on as mayor.

"Over the past five years, I've seen how sustainability is a critical component of everything we do," she said. "It's not just an environmental issue anymore. It's an economic issue."

Installing double siding at City Hall or replacing old city vehicles with hybrids are examples of what could be done, she said.

Tome said she would also like to form a sustainability commission that would bring the council ideas to help the city conserve and save.

"It's the little things we can do that add up and make a difference," she said.

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