Former Middletown mayor to run for office

Marshall “Mark” Brown said Thursday he will file papers to run for elected office in Middletown come Monday.

Brown has not yet decided between running for mayor or town councilor, but he said he will weigh the two options over the weekend to figure out where he could do the most for the town.

The news comes in the wake of another local news outlet’s reporting that Brown will run for mayor.

“I am running for office, but I have not decided which office yet,” Brown said.

Brown served as mayor of Middletown in the past and resigned – along with two Town Council members – before their terms ended.

Brown said he has plans to improve Middletown’s infrastructure. He said the town has the money to work on new projects, but has yet to do so. If elected, he said he would work on things such as tree replacements, storm water system improvements and new streetlights.

“This current administration has done nothing,” Brown said. “They like to brag about not spending money and creating events, but they’re neglecting the infrastructure of the town.”

After Brown’s resignation, current Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV completed Brown’s term before winning an election for the post. Harbaugh declined to comment on Brown’s potential candidacy but did say he’s proud of the work he and council members have done and is looking forward to the chance to keep going.

“We’ve had four great financial years,” Harbaugh said. “The stability of council has been great, we’ve had wonderful community events, and I look forward to doing all those things again for the next four years.”

The deadline for candidacy papers in Frederick County is Tuesday. Several seats are opening up for election, including the mayor’s seat and those of council members  Carolyn Aliff, George Smith and Carole Snyder Jones.

Both Smith and Snyder Jones have filed papers to run as incumbents. Aliff could not be reached for comment.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or