When the polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Aberdeen, voters will elect two City Council members from three candidates.
Aberdeen's City Council is made up of a mayor and four council members whose two-year terms are staggered.
The incumbents, Ronald Kupferman and Macon L. Tucker, are (( being challenged by Barbara Kreamer, a former county councilwoman and two-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
Mrs. Kreamer, a lawyer in private practice and life-long resident of Aberdeen, said she filed for office because her legislative experience is needed on the council to help pave the way for a productive municipal government under the new city charter.
The council will be faced with a comprehensive plan that calls for the annexation of more land into the city limits, the need for a new water source to supplement wells serving the city, and economic growth.
"As a former county council member and delegate, I have developed working relationships with elected officials and government employees that can produce results for Aberdeen," said Mrs. Kreamer, 44. "I also bring an understanding of procurement practices which can make the most of the city's expenditures."
Mr. Kupferman's career as an elected official in Aberdeen dates to 1978. His political career was interrupted briefly in 1986 when he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the County Council. He was a member and president of the the Aberdeen Board of Commissioners and is finishing his first term on the council. Aberdeen switched from a commission to a charter government last May.
Mr. Kupferman, who has lived in Aberdeen for all but three of his 52 years, said he continues to run for office because he enjoys working for the city and being responsive to its citizens.
"People always tell me they feel better knowing that I'm on the job," he said.
The issues Mr. Kupferman is most concerned about are providing the city with a healthy balance of commercial, residential and industrial growth, keeping the tax rate low and maintaining reasonable water and sewer rates.
Mr. Tucker is completing his first term on the council. He said he will continue to run for office as long the people of Aberdeen will have him.
Born and reared in Aberdeen, Mr. Tucker has been a teacher at Aberdeen High School for 19 years and is the school's head football coach.
Mr. Tucker is most concerned with improving the city's image, which he said was tarnished a bit during a recent political tug-of-war between the mayor and council members over the mayor's power under the charter. He also would like to see the city's charter work, the development of housing for Aberdeen senior citizens, the completion of the city's comprehensive plan and economic growth.
But most of all, said Mr. Tucker, he wants to be there for the citizens of Aberdeen.
"I might not always have the answers or solutions to problems," he said, "But I will always be there to listen and to offer help."