Councilman wants to be Stephens City mayor

By Ryan Cornell

STEPHENS CITY — Councilman Ron Bowers has declared his intent to run for mayor as a write-in candidate.

Bowers, who has served on Stephens City’s Town Council since 1988, heads the council’s parks and recreation and public safety committees.

During his tenure on council, he helped create the Newtown Heritage Festival and the veterans memorial currently under construction.

“After serving on the council for that long a time, I decided that I would like to step up to the mayor’s position,” Bowers said.

He first announced his plan to run as a write-in candidate at a Town Council meeting in September.

“At the time that I would’ve registered for the ballot I was not prepared for it,” he said. “So I decided later on to make a decision.”

Mike Grim, who serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals, is the lone balloted candidate for mayor, according to the Frederick County voter registration website.

Stephens City’s previous mayor, Joy Shull-Gellner, left her post at the end of July.

Bowers will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. Thursday in Stephens City Town Hall.

“One of the areas I want to cover is growth,” he said. “I think we need to have growth, but I think we need to have planned growth.”

As town mayor, he said he would invite new businesses to locate in Stephens City and would work to spur on development at the northern end of town.

The Stephens City town election will be held at Robert E. Aylor Middle School on Nov. 4.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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