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Leonardtown voters chose Councilmember Dan Burris on Tuesday to be their new mayor, as he defeated former St. Mary’s County Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly Sr. and real-estate agent Henry Camaioni in their three-way bid to succeed departing Mayor J. Harry Norris III.
Jay Mattingly and Hayden Hammett were the top two vote getters in the race for two seats on the council, including one currently held by Burris. Walter Wise, the council’s vice president who has served on the council since 1995, was defeated in his bid for another term.
A total of 401 ballots had been cast when the election ended at the town office at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the results included 255 votes for Burris, 125 for Thomas Mattingly and 12 for Camaioni. In the race for the two council seats, the tally for Jay Mattingly was 297 votes, followed by 239 for Hammett and 135 for Wise.
Burris, 53, was first elected to the town council in 1986, later took a hiatus from elected office while living outside the town’s limits, and was re-elected to the council in 2008 after his return to the town. Mattingly, 65, began his lifelong service to the town’s fire department as a teenager and served three terms as a county commissioner. Camaioni, 51, touted his business and real-estate experience during the campaign.
Norris, who attended Tuesday evening’s counting of the paper ballots, has served 17 years as the town’s mayor. He announced in January that he would not be a candidate in this year’s election.
Staff writer Jessica Goolsby contributed to this article.