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Ron Kupferman

For more than 30 years, I have been an active, important part of Aberdeen. A 1958 Aberdeen High School graduate, I bought my first house in Aberdeen shortly after my marriage in 1963. That marked the beginning of a growing involvement in the community and the government, marked by a consistent concern for the city I love. I'll never leave Aberdeen. This is home.

My involvement in civic organizations began in 1971, as a member of the Jaycees. I served as president in 1975, and, in 1977, was selected to be a senator, the organization's highest honor. I have been a member of the Lions' Club since 1985 and the Rotary Club since 1986. . . . My spirit of community involvement has been noticed -- and appreciated.

In 1978, I was elected commissioner of Aberdeen, and served as mayor for several years. During the total of 14 years I have served the community, I have seen Aberdeen grow from a small town to a thriving city, and I have been a vital part of its development. . . . Of the vast number of successful projects in Aberdeen since my election to the City Council, I was involved in the following:

* Commercial development in west Aberdeen, to include Beards Hill Plaza and Klein's, the Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union and the new Aberdeen Marketplace, due to open its Mars grocery store soon. And, I supported increased commercial development around the city, to include the Clorox plant.

* The west Aberdeen water tower.

* The community swimming pool, run by the YMCA.

* Aberdeen's centennial celebration.

* The Aberdeen Room Museum, which has continued to grow since the city celebrated its 100th anniversary.

* Festival Park.

* Rigdon Road sewer project.

* The Boys and Girls Club.

* The new senior citizens center. . . .

* The first senior citizen van in the city.

I recently celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary with my wife, Ingrid. We have two children: Lisa, 29, and Michael, 23.

James Vancherie

My list of issues over the next couple of years is as follows:

* Expansion of Waste Water Treatment: This is tied directly to our future growth.

* Mandates: These are costly to the city budget and we would work hard to convince our state and federal representatives not to impose these mandates unless they are funded.

* Lily Run Clean-up.

* Annexation: To straighten out boundaries around Old Post and Route 40 areas.

SC * Budget: The concern will be that our revenues are being spent properly and that funding is available to maintain the level of services which our citizens deserve.

* Public Safety: It is crucial to keep our police, fire and ambulance departments strong and well-equipped in order to protect and serve.

* Post Road Improvements: This will improve Post Road for both residential and commercial establishments through a state project.

* Playground Equipment: The playground is long overdue for new equipment.

* Comprehensive Plan: This is an example of a mandatory update by the state and it should fund this update.

Rene A. Lambert

1. The city is currently looking at expansion of the sewage treatment plant and a preliminary design for expansion has been completed. In addition, a contract was just approved to design a biological nutrient removal system to improve the quality of effluent discharged into the bay. Thus, the city has already laid the groundwork for expansion. Availability of low-interest funding grants will be a major factor in the ultimate decision of when to proceed.

2. The city must participate more actively in promoting tourism. . . . The city should take an active role in establishing the Lower Greenway Hiking Trail. Since our museums are major attractions, every possible assistance should be provided them.

3. The Comprehensive Plan should address the following (This list is neither all-inclusive nor is it prioritized):

* Annexation, short range: Straighten the present city boundaries.

* Annexation, long range: Expand boundaries for both industrial and residential development.

* Preserve historic structures.

* Zoning: Strengthen/establish specific design regulations for each land use area.

* Waterfront: Limit development; provide better public accessibility; additional transient moorings.

I believe the recession and the resultant diminished federal and state funds will still be a factor affecting us for the next two years. Therefore, we must make wise use of what we have and continue to provide strong, efficient leadership.

John P. Correri Jr.

The following briefly describes those issues which the city of Havre de Grace faces in the next two years:

* Budget: This will be the most important issue. The governing body has a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and therefore plans to maximize the benefit of our revenues, carefully oversee the progress of our projects, use to the fullest capacity the services of the various city departments, and deliver services to our citizens.

* Comprehensive Plan: This is an opportunity to shape our future in planning, growth, annexation and proper use of our resources.

* Expansion of the Waste Water Treatment Plant: This is a vital link to our future. If we do not have the capacity to handle growth we cannotexpand in an organized fashion.

* Improvement to Old Post Road: This state project will improve conditions on one of our major corridors.

* Downtown Study: The recommendations of the Havre de Grace Economic Development Commission were accepted by the mayor and City Council. Over the next two years, the plan is to implement some of these.

* Improvement to Yacht Basin Bulkhead (Tydings Park): About 500 feet needs to be replaced. The cost is about $400,000. The project is presently at permit stages and it is hoped to be under construction in 1994.

* Playground Equipment: One of our major efforts will be to pursue the purchase and installation of new equipment for our playgrounds.

* Lily Run: Permits and engineering to define the scope of this project are now being pursued.

Charles A. Maslin

Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to help decide the direction that our city government will go in the future.

I am one of five people running for Havre de Grace City Council. I think that I have a great deal to offer. I care about Havre de Grace, not just the old Havre de Grace, but the new expanding city on the hill as well as the newly energized areas off of Revolution Street. We are all part of Havre de Grace and we should all work together to move this city into the 21st century. As a councilman, I will always be available to work with any citizen to help improve our city.

I will work to keep our taxes from rising by putting more property on the tax rolls. At this time, 43 percent of the property in city limits pay no property taxes. There are even income-producing rental properties that are not taxed. This is not fair to the rest of us.

I will work, as I have in the past, to promote our city. Havre de Grace is the best-kept secret in Maryland. . . . Increased tourism would help businesses and would give the city additional revenues to better the quality of life for you and I, the citizens of the city by the bay.

I will work to cut down on the red tape at City Hall. I will promise you that within two weeks of my finding out that you have made a request or asked a question of our government, you will get an answer. It may be a positive or a negative answer, but you will get an answer. There is no reason for letters to go unanswered for months.

Finally, I am not a politician. I am a businessman. I am running for council because I feel the present council is stagnant. We need new ideas to move our city forward. I think I can help provide them. . . .

Barbara Kreamer

What Aberdeen needs is its share of economic growth. We need to bring into the area private industry with more jobs requiring professional and technical expertise. People with that expertise already live here. We must provide a diversified economy to sustain our middle and younger generations of wage earners.

Some of the elements that attract those who create businesses are a lively media, strong schools, cultural amenities, good location and sound government. The people of Aberdeen have lost out in the buying and selling of newspapers in recent years, leaving us without a home-based press and thus exposed to the criticizing and caricaturing of a biased Bel Air press.

The Board of Education has allowed some of our schools to become overcrowded and has failed to meet the problems of a poorly designed middle school. It has not defined districts equitably for a varied population mix for the high school. Valiant teachers encounter students with many needs. We need more enlightened response from the central office.

Our quality of life is threatened by careless disposal of chemicals and munitions at Aberdeen Proving Ground and too much grant-derived low-income housing in proportion to our size. . . .

We still have our ideal location. . . . We adjoin APG, whose premier scientific and technical value to the nation is strong even in the context of defense cutbacks. . . .

I am running for the city council of Aberdeen because I bring the experience, professionalism and goodwill that will lead to a productive municipal government. . . . As a former County Council member and state delegate, I have developed working relationships with elected officials and government employees that can produce results for Aberdeen. I can, and have, set aside

TC personality or political differences to work for what is best for the community I represent.

I bring an understanding of procurement practices which can make the most of the city's expenditures. . . . Economic growth, providing real work to sustain families, will come to our fine location if we elect responsible leaders to our city government. -- May 4 is our next opportunity.

Macon L. Tucker Jr.

Date of Birth: April 1, 1951

Education: 1969 -- Graduated Aberdeen High School.

1971 -- Graduated Harford Community College.

1973 -- Graduated Springfield College.

1976 -- Graduated Indiana State University.

Occupation: Community service coordinator and football coach.

Affiliations: National Athletic Training Association; Maryland Athletic Training Association; Maryland High School Coaches Association.

Hobbies: Model railroading.

Married to Susan Ann Tucker; two sons, Macon III and Benjamin.

Accomplishments:

* Recycling sticker project.

* Comprehensive plan.

* New zoning ordinances.

* Frito-Lay project.

* Mars supermarket.

* Littering ordinance to enforce recycling program.

* Plans for the future of Aberdeen.

L * To see that the Boys and Girls Club Building is completed.

* Water Quality Bond in cooperation with U.S. Army.

Henry J. Schreiber

I am a candidate for City Council in Havre de Grace because I feel a need for a new and balanced viewpoint in dealing witth the present and future challenges which are facing the city.

The city has a rapidly growing residential community on both the western side and on the water. There is also an on-going concerted effort to attract business and tourism.

Over the next two years, new residents will total over one-third the city's population. The benefits are immediate to government in that tax revenues are increasing and some old projects and problems can now be attended to.

My concern is with the priorities which will be established for the next few years and with the city's ability to keep pace with the service demands which accompany the growth.

With my 21 years of police service and 12 years of business management experience, I have something to offer to the process of city government as Havre de Grace evolves in the growth mode. I understand finance, economy, spending and also the service requirements of the community.

I have monitored our City Council for almost two years by attending the meetings and observing. I think more vision and some dynamics are needed.

The diverse concerns of residence, business, tourism, etc., are all now vying for attention. as a resident and a person who works in the city, I have the necessary perspective to see the broader picture. I also have the qualifications, ability and motivation to serve and deal with the increasingly complex problems which will confront our city.

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