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Posted on: March 14, 2023

Chizmar, Rutledge, and Taylor Win Town of Bel Air Commissioners Seats

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Chizmar, Rutledge, and Taylor Win Town of Bel Air Commissioners Seats

The official results of the 2023 Town of Bel Air Municipal Election as of the closing of polls on November 7, 2023, at 8:00 PM, plus the canvass of provisional ballots and absentee ballots that occurred on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 10:00 AM and Friday, November 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM, are as follows:

  • Steven T. Chizmar: 978 + 28 + 5 = 1,011
  • Erin S. Hughes: 278 + 9 + 1 = 288
  • James B. Rutledge III: 905 + 27 + 6 = 938
  • Jakob D. Taylor: 908 + 28 + 4 = 940


The Town of Bel Air Municipal Election for three (3) seats on the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners is scheduled for November 7, 2023.

The Board of Town Commissioners consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms. Any citizen who desires to file as a candidate for commissioner must be a registered voter of the town and be a resident of the town for at least six months immediately preceding the election. At the second meeting in November of each year, the commissioners elect a member to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Town Commissioners. The Chair has the honorary title of "Mayor."

Bel Air has a Council-Manager form of government, headed by a board of five commissioners. These citizens are elected for four year terms and serve for a modest salary. Serving the Board of Town Commissioners is a professional staff consisting of a Town Administrator and six departments, including Administration/Human Resources, Finance, Economic Development, Public Works and Town Police. The Town Administrator serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners. The Town Administrator directs and supervises all departments and is the Town's Chief Executive Officer and serves in the capacity of Treasurer. Several volunteer Boards and Commissions also serve the Town Board in an advisory capacity.

Additional Town of Bel Air election information is posted on the 2023 Elections webpage.

Contact: Michael L. Krantz, Director of HR & Administration/Town Clerk - (410) 638-4550 or

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