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8 candidates fight for 4 open seats in Fenwick Town Council

by DrewLUD

Four of the seven seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council are up for election this week.

Eight candidates are running for these four positions, and half of those candidates are incumbents. The incumbents include Mayor Gene Langan, Vice Mayor Richard Mais and council members Bill Weistling Jr. and Mitchell “Mike” Houser.

The challengers are Natalie Magdeburger, Jacque Napolitano, Janice Bortner and Paul Breger.

Each candidate received an identical questionnaire. Their answers are presented below unedited. 

The town election is Saturday, Aug. 7. Polls will be open from 1-5 p.m. at the Fenwick Island Town Hall, 800 Coastal Highway.

Fenwick Island Town Council candidates:

Candidates Gene LanganRichard Mais and Paul Breger did not respond before the stated deadline. This report will be updated if responses are received before the election.

Natalie Magdeburger

Natalie Magdeburger is running for Fenwick Island Town Council.

Age: 58

Occupation: Attorney, Partner of PK Law, Towson, MD (Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; Top 100 Women in Maryland, 2006 and 2014; Named Best Lawyers in America, Baltimore Area “Lawyer of the Year”, 2014 and 2019; Selected to Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice—Defendants 2009-2021; Selected for Super Lawyers, 2007-2021).

Why are you running for office? 

As a second generation Fenwick Islander, I am running to protect the family-friendly atmosphere that has been the mainstay in Fenwick since 1953. Current leadership has prioritized developers’ interests over that of the residents, including: (1) participating in a previously undisclosed “stakeholders” meeting with Orsted; (2) failing to enforce ordinances prohibiting outdoor bars; (3) commissioning a plan, at taxpayer’s expense, to increase the height of the commercial district (three story buildings); (4) consideration of introducing shuttles in town; and (4) disregarding bayside flooding. The lack of transparency, committee packing (one person sits on 8 committees) and the severe restrictions on public participation has also created deep discord within our community. To protect Fenwick and heal the divide, new leadership is essential and with my 35 years of legal experience, I believe I can help maintain our Quiet Resort for future generations.   

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