BY HAFIZ RASHID, Special to The Record
3:26 PM EST, February 27, 2013
The filing period begins Tuesday for candidates running mayor or city council in Havre de Grace and continues through March 19.
This year, the mayor's office and three seats on the six-member council will be filled by city voters in the May 7 election.
Mayor Wayne Dougherty said his announcement on whether he will be running again will be coming "probably by Monday."
"When I get ready to announce, I will. Right now, I've got 20 other things I'm trying to deal with," Dougherty said Wednesday. "I'm still giving it serious thought.
Dougherty is winding up his third term, having been first elected in 2007. Both the mayor and council members serve two-year terms.
City council seats occupied by Barbara Wagner, John Correri and Randoph Craig will also be up before the voters this year.
Correri said he hasn't decided whether he will run for re-election.
"I haven't made up my mind yet. I'm considering it seriously," Correri said. "I usually will have dinner with my wife [before deciding], and we talk it over."
Correri, who has served in various city offices since 1978, including stints as mayor and as council president, said his decision would be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.
"I usually make my mind up in mid-March," Correri said. "I'm right in the middle of the road right now."
Wagner, a city resident since 2006, also hasn't decided if she'll run again. She won her first term two years ago.
"I have not made a firm decision either way yet," Wagner said. "My husband and I are still in the discussion phase."
"We're looking at the time commitment and other things we have in our life, such as our business," Wagner added. "I'm part of a family, and we have to make that decision together."
Wagner and her husband own and operate Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum in downtown Havre de Grace.
Craig, who serves as council president – a position the council members fill annually – could not be reached for comment. He was first elected in 2007.
Not involved in this year's election are the council seats held by Bill Martin, Joe Smith and David Glenn, who were elected in May 2012.
Candidates for Mayor or City Council can file a notice of candidacy with the city director of administration at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Candidates for either office must be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens for at least 10 years prior to the elections, residents of the city for at least two years and qualified voters. Mayoral candidates are required to pay a $100 filing fee while city council candidates are required to pay $50.