The annual election is around the corner for Havre de Grace on Tuesday, May 6, when voters will be filling three seats on the six-member city council.
The candidates are incumbents David Glenn and Bill Martin, newcomer Robert Robinson and former councilman Steve Gamatoria. Voters can select up to three. The election is non-partisan.
Ballots can be cast from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick Hall, in the 600 block of Pennington Avenue between Stokes and Juniata streets.
The city had 9,474 voters registered as of Wednesday, Dale Livingston, deputy director for the Harford County Board of Elections, said.
Absentee ballots must be received through the mail by April 29, or returned to City Hall by 5 p.m. on May 6.
A candidate forum, sponsored by Ontario-Otsego Positive Action Committee, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 1 at City Hall. A forum also was held in the Bulle Rock community on April 23.
The six city council members serve two-year terms. The three members not up for election this year are Randy Craig, John Correri and Fred Cullum. Joe Smith, whose term also expires this year, did not seek re-election, but is running for the Harford County Council.
Glenn, 57, is completing his first term and says he is still fired up about serving the city.
"I am running because of my love for Havre de Grace," said the lifelong city resident, who works as a supervisory management analyst for the federal government.
"My goal going in was in some small way to make a difference," Glenn said, noting he has helped get a traffic light at Route 40 and Lewis Lane since being assigned to the public safety committee.
He said he is also proud of passing a law mandating automatic external defibrillators at city pools and continuing to fight for a new Havre de Grace High School, a project he hopes to see through.
Glenn added he was glad to see school resource officers put in every city school, a move he said was not a "knee-jerk reaction" but done out of service to the children.
"That is why I run, because I love Havre de Grace, I love helping people," he said. "If anybody challenges my commitment, they just don't know me."
Although "nobody, but nobody, can predict an election," Glenn said he thinks he has done well in his first term and hopes to be in the top three come Election Day.
He did note the election is always more low-key when there is not a mayoral race.
"I think any time the mayor is not running, we will probably have a lower turnout," he said, adding he put out signs and sent a letter to the editor to The Aegis and The Record.
"I am a guy that has no hidden agenda," he said. "I think there is a lot of people who believe I have got their best interest at heart."
Martin is running for a fourth two-year term on the city council.