Glenn, Martin reelected in HdG; Gamatoria back on the council

The Havre de Grace City Council will not see any new faces this term.

Incumbents David Glenn and Bill Martin were reelected, and former city councilman won the open spot in the four-way race for three seats following low voter turnout in Tuesday night's election.

Glenn led the pack with 788 votes, with Martin behind him with 716 votes. Gamatoria received 682 votes while newcomer Robert Robinson garnered just 296 votes.

A total of 953 voters, about 10 percent of the registered voters, cast ballots at St. Patrick's Hall under sunny skies and moderately warm temperatures. Another 11 voted by absentee ballot.

The unofficial tally is:

Steve Gamatoria................682

David Glenn.......................788

Bill Martin.........................716

Robert Robinson................296

The results are expected to be finalized Thursday.

After hearing the election results, the three winners were embraced by family and friends at the hall.

Robertson, 70, who sported a glittery patriotic top hat with stars and stripes before the results were announced, graciously congratulated the other three candidates before leaving the hall.

Martin was elected to his fourth term, while Glenn was elected to his second. Gamatoria returns to the council after serving a single term from 2006 to 2008; he had said when he didn't seek another term that he didn't feel he had enough time to devote to the position with everything else he had going on.

"I feel good; I'm glad to be back," Gamatoria said after hearing the election results.

He said he is glad to be joining a "great team" on the council .

Although Gamatoria, 55, has been away from the city council, he said he has been keeping up with the issues.

The pending creation of the water and sewer authority and budget for the upcoming fiscal year are some of the important issues Gamatoria said he plans on tackling.

Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Gamatoria works for a small business, Safe Check, which installs fire doors and similar devices. He has also been involved in the Susquehanna Hose Company.

Council veteran Martin, a 40-year-old teacher at Aberdeen Middle School, said he believes his re-election "shows a clear mandate with the direction the town is heading in."

He said he is working on legislation to get Havre de Grace designated as an All-American City, which Aberdeen received in the 1990s.

"We have a lot of great things," Martin said. "There was the War of 1812 event and we were ranked by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top places to visit. You have to strike while the iron is hot."

Glenn, 57, said one of his primary goals during his next term is to work on replacing Havre de Grace High School, which he graduated from in 1975. He said he is also focused on public safety in the city.

"I am looking forward to continuing to call Havre de Grace my home," said Glenn, who is a supervisory management analyst for the federal government.

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