City will see new mayor, two council members in January

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November 4, 2010

City will see new mayor, two council members in January

Incumbent Hendershot retains seat

— CUMBERLAND?— City council is seeing quite a change this year following Tuesday’s election.

Brian Grim won the mayor’s seat and will replace Mayor Lee Fiedler, who has served for 10 years. Grim, who received 3,490 votes, defeated challengers Herb Broll and Carol Taccino.

This year’s election also brought changes to the city council seats with newcomers Nicholas Scarpelli and David Kauffman finishing first and second respectively. Scarpelli received 4,445 votes and Kauffman garnered 3,055 votes. Incumbent Councilman Butch Hendershot retained his seat with 2,349 votes.

Not only are there new faces on the council but also changes within the city itself.

"Cumberland can only change and grow once again if we all work together.  Government is not always the answer.  Higher taxes are not the answer," said Grim on his campaign website (  "The only way to bring about that change is to be that change."

As mayor, Grim plans to pay attention to the happenings in the neighborhoods and plans to preserve the structure of Cumberland, including the redevelopment of existing infrastructure and Smart Growth initiatives.

"I believe tha the best way forward for Cumberland is through redevelopment and revitalization; without a strong foundation and good infrastructure, we will not be able to promote our community to new employers," said Grim on the website.  "We must focus our economic development on redevelopmign what already exists."

Grim hails from Cumberland and received his college education in Allegany County.


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