- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The mayoral election in the western Maryland city of Hagerstown is too close to call.

The Washington County Board of Elections says incumbent David Gysberts (GYZE’-berts) trails former mayor Bob Bruchey by 91 votes out of more than 12,400 cast Tuesday and in early voting.

The board will start counting at least 638 absentee ballots Thursday in the nonpartisan election.

Gysberts is a 38-year-old high school guidance counselor seeking a second, four-year term leading the city of about 41,000.

Bruchey is a 58-year-old former correctional officer and automotive salesman. He served as mayor from 1997 to 2001, and from 2006 to 2012.

Gysberts’ campaign focused on downtown redevelopment, while Bruchey called for tougher crime-fighting measures.

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This story has been corrected to show total votes of 12,400, not 124,000.

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