New Ward 1 Councilman Sam Shoge

Sam Shoge of Ward 1 was nominated by the Chestertown Council on Monday to fill the seat vacated by Mayor David Foster, who assumed the top post on the council on May 3.

“The community called me to serve and I answered the call,” Shoge said in a brief interview on Wednesday. He said he was undecided on whether he would run for the seat in the fall election.

Shoge served as Ward 3 Councilman after winning the election in 2013, the same year former Mayor Chris Cerino was elected to his first term as mayor. It was also that year that Elizabeth Gross won the Ward 1 Council seat.

In 2016, Shoge became the economic development coordinator for the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism — and did not seek re-election to Ward 3 in 2017.

One of Shoge’s signature achievements during his term for Ward 3 was leading the development of the town’s new website.

In March of 2020, Shoge was selected to lead the Kent County Chamber of Commerce and began his work there on April 1, 2020.

Shoge owns and operates Shore Studios, a successful aerial photography and videography company serving commercial and consumer clients. Launched in 2017, Shore Studios has won recognition and many awards, including the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Magazine photo contest.

Since leaving the council Shoge moved to Ward 1, which made him eligible under the town’s charter to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Foster.