A man who has been active in water and sewer issues in Manchester is the first candidate to file papers to run for Town Council this spring.
A. Geoffrey Rice said he wants to make sure the town is prepared for development, with services that run properly, and that town officials and employees cooperate.
"Mainly, the issue I see is trying to get the rates set so the water is self-supporting and make plans to be sure the town is ready to accept the new development coming," Mr. Rice said.
The two seats up for election are held by James Singer and Christopher B. D'Amario. Both were appointed to the council to fill vacancies.
Mr. D'Amario said he has not decided whether he will run for election.
Mr. Singer could not be reached for comment.
The filing deadline for candidates is April 10, and the election is May 16. A primary election would be held only if more than three people file for one office. The mayor's seat also is up for election.
Mr. Rice, 30, of Brougham Court is a traffic engineer for Baltimore County. He is married to Mary Rice, a paramedic who works in Baltimore County. They have two children.
For the past year, Mr. Rice has been a member of the town's Public Utilities Committee, working primarily with water and sewer issues.
He has attended most of town government's public meetings.
"I guess my main concern is sitting at the meetings and not having a say. You have a say, but you don't have a vote," Mr. Rice said.
He said he wants to use his perspective and the information he has accumulated to participate in council discussions and votes.