Within the first 36 hours of the books opening Tuesday, four candidates had filed for year's election to fill three seats on the Havre de Grace City Council.
The seats of council members Bill Martin, David Glenn and Joseph Smith are being contested in the May 6 election.
One seat will be open, as Smith announced recently he would not seek re-election after filing as a candidate for the Harford County Council District F seat representing Havre de Grace and Riverside.
Glenn is running for a second term after being elected in 2012; Martin, who was elected in 2008, is running for a fourth two-year term. Both had filed for re-election by Wednesday morning.
Robert Robinson and Stephen Gamatoria had also filed as of Wednesday morning, according to City Hall staff. Gamatoria is a former city council member.
The filing deadline is 5 p.m. March 18. All prospective candidates must file at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave.
The filing fee is $50 and candidates must show a valid identification.
Candidates must also be ay least 25 years old, a citizen of the U.S. for at least 10 years, a resident of Havre de Grace for at least two years and a "qualified" voter.
Council members are paid $5,200 a year. The terms of council members John Correri, Fred Cullum and Randy Craig expire in May 2015, as does the term of Mayor Wayne Dougherty.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun