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Fosselman, Teti face off in Kensington mayoral election Monday night

Kensington residents are expected to select a mayor and two council members for their Montgomery County town on Monday night.

Peter Fosselman, an incumbent who has been a divisive figure, and Stowe L. Teti, a critic of Fosselman’s, are running for mayor in a town election that is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kensington’s town hall.

Fosselman has been divisive primarily because of a town redevelopment proposal that was approved by the County Council earlier this year. The Post has reported that the mayor, while pushing for the controversial proposal, invested in land that would probably increase in value once redevelopment began. He also failed to properly disclose some of these investments.

Fosselman, who is about to complete his third term in office and also serves as Maryland’s deputy secretary of state, has said his support for the plan predated the purchases of the properties. He has said the transactions did not violate the town’s conflict-of-interest laws.

In April, The Post also reported that Fosselman was improperly reimbursed by the town for more than $1,100 in campaign contributions to fellow politicians. The contributions occurred early in his mayoral career. Days after the report was published, Fosselman said he gave back the money.

Candidates in the council race are incumbent Sean McMullen and challengers Glenn Cowan and Tracey Furman. Lydia Sullivan, a critic of Fosselman’s, has decided not to run for reelection, saying she wanted to spend more time as a countywide civic activist. McMullen and Furman have supported the redevelopment plan, while Cowan has criticized it.

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