McDonough sees five-way race for two seats

McDONOUGH – The Town of McDonough may see some upcoming changes as three new candidates oppose two incumbents seeking re-election for two available councilman positions.

This year, voters will have a choice in Democratic candidates Harvey DeForest and Patricia Clendening, Republican incumbents Penny Beckwith and Leon Barrows and independent candidate Lewis Hungerford.

Leon Barrows, 72, has served the town for two terms and said he wants to continue being an advocate for people of his age group. He retired at 62 from Grand Union, where he worked for 43 years. He currently does farm work in the area.

As a retiree, Barrows said his demographic embodies a large portion of the McDonough population so his concerns center on the budget restraints of the retired community. “Forty percent of McDonough is on a fixed income, mainly from people who retired,” he said.

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