Three people are running for mayor, and eight people are vying for three City Council seats in Havre de Grace's election May 2.
The proposed Maryland Motorsports Park is expected to be a top issue, with the automobile racetrack developer promising to submit an annexation petition to the City Council within the next several weeks.
Other issues include improving city services, such as street maintenance and trash collection, and retaining full services at Harford Memorial Hospital.
Mayor Gunther D. Hirsch, who ran unopposed in the last mayoral election in 1993, will face the current council president and a 1994 council hopeful in the bid for mayor.
Council President Anna Jones Long, 69, of the 400 block of Alliance St. has served half her fifth two-year term as council president. If elected mayor, Mrs. Long would appoint someone to serve the remainder of her council term. She would retain the council seat if she loses the mayoral election.
"It's time for a change," Mrs. Long said. "It was generally accepted that when [Mr. Hirsch] ran unapposed, that that would be the last time" he ran for mayor. Mrs. Long is a retired administrative officer in the Ballistic Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The third mayoral candidate, David W. Walden, 56, owner of the Golden Vein Antique Mall in Havre de Grace and a retired Social Security Administration executive who lives in the 400 block of N. Union Ave., ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat last year. "I would promote discussion and advocacy for different positions without taking a position," Mr. Walden said.
Incumbents John P. Correri Jr., 43, an insurance broker, and James C. Vancherie Jr., owner of a bus service, apartment buildings and a restaurant, are seeking their seventh and fourth terms, respectively.
Rene A. Lambert said he would not run for a third term on the council because he wants to spend more time with family and friends.
The six challengers include: Jerry I. Ashby, 49, of the 200 block of Blue Bill Lane, a master plumber; Frederick H. Cullum, 45, of the 100 block of N. Stokes St., a fire battalion chief at Aberdeen Proving Ground; and J. Franklin Hawley, 39, of the 400 block of N. Union Ave., a public safety dispatcher.
The others are Charles A. Maslin, 36, of the 100 block of S. Washington St., owner of Ice Dreams and Quackers Comedy Club in Havre de Grace; Kevin M. Racine, 29, of the 900 block of Erie St., a supply clerk at Perry Point Medical Center; and G. Jeremiah Ryan, 45, of the 200 block of Blue Bill Lane, the vice president of marketing, planning and development at Harford Community College and an adjunct instructor.