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Havre de Grace mayor tops Harford Magazine's 'best' poll, and he's not bashful about sharing it

Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin sent out a news release from city hall earlier this week touting his selection as Harford County’s “Best Elected Official” for 2017 in Harford Magazine’s 2017 Best of Harford readers’ poll.


Harford Magazine is a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication, as are The Record and The Aegis; the newspapers and magazine have different editors and content staffs. The Best of Harford selections for 2017 were released online Feb. 25, and the printed magazine will be available in the insert package of this Sunday’s Baltimore Sun.


According to Harford Magazine, 65 category winners, including restaurants, stores, health clubs, health services, pet services, financial services, automotive sales and service, schools, child care and indoor and outdoor recreation venues, were selected by popular votes cast between Sept. 24 and Nov. 17, 2017. Over 12,000 people voted in the contest.

“This is an extraordinary honor,” Martin said in his news release that was sent out via email from Adam Rybczynski, digital marketing strategist for the city government.

"I would like to thank Harford County for bestowing me with this great honor. It gives me a tremendous source of pride knowing the public at large has confidence in the direction the City of Havre de Grace is headed.”

Honorable mentions went to Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler and Clerk of the Circuit Court James Reilly.

Martin’s press release states: “Since taking office in 2015, Mayor Martin has been committed to building an inclusive and innovative 21st-century city. Accomplishments include several significant upgrades and investments, such as the installation of an event tent at Hutchins Park, downtown up lighting, an electric vehicle charging station, the expansion of Concord Point Park, major improvements to the war memorial and Tydings Park, transitioning all city owned buildings to solar power and the fast tracking and completion of the Cultural Center at The Opera House which recently received a project excellence award from Maryland Historic Trust.”