Rosemont’s burgess and commissioners are all running for re-election Saturday.

The names on the ballot will be Burgess Tom Watson and commissioners David Blackmon, Robin Scarff, John Leach and Steve Harshman. Watson said two volunteers help run the election, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lions Club at Merryland Park, 3673 Petersville Road.

Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey said helping municipalities, like Rosemont, prepare the ballots and other work takes less than half an hour, and costs less than $25. He and colleagues are contracted to do the election preparation only if the municipality asks them, Harvey added.

“I spend a few minutes to create a precinct register for the Rosemont election in our system, and then send it to them,” Harvey said in an email. “We then enter their voter history for the election into our voter registration file.”

For an uncontested election, Watson said he would be “surprised to get 15 voters.”

Watson, 74, and the commissioners all identified one issue in their small village of roughly 300 people: motorists speeding down Petersville Road.

The town relies on the county sheriff’s office to enforce the 30 mph speed limit on the road, which connects Md. 180 to downtown Brunswick.

“If the commissioners and burgesses could make one major change in our quiet town, it would be speed control,” said Blackmon, 54.

But for him and other commissioners, there aren’t many other issues in Rosemont.

Leach, who said he’s running for his third or fourth two-year term, said it’s his “civic duty” to serve as a commissioner.

“There’s no great big issues, there’s no politics,” Leach, 59, said of the village. “We just do our own thing.”

Scarff, 70, said she was appointed just under a year ago to the board when a former commissioner, Joe Wiles, died in August 2017.

Scarff said serving as a commissioner in Rosemont is a “simple” job, and the residents appear to approve how the board and burgess is doing.

“We’re a very tightly bound community,” she said. “Many of us grew up in Rosemont, or have had parents grow up in Rosemont.”

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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