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Running for council in Havre de Grace [Letter]

I am Dave Glenn and I am really excited for the opportunity to run for re-election for the Havre de Grace City Council.

For those that don't know me, I have been a resident of Havre de Grace since 1967. I have been happily married to the former Terri Culley for the past 31 years. I have two children: Kellie, a trauma nurse at Christiana Hospital and Shawn, who is proudly serving his country in the Air Force. I am an Eagle Scout (scouting's highest honor) and a proud graduate of Havre de Grace High School (class of 1975).

I received my bachelor's degree from Towson University and my master's degree from Central Michigan University. I live by the Havre de Grace High School motto, "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve." My volunteer efforts include the following: Past PTA President of the Meadowvale PTA where I was instrumental in their renovation efforts; James Harris Field Committee where we now have an athletic field we can all be proud of; I have coached Little League baseball for 30-plus years; and I have been active with the Children's Miracle Network. As part of my volunteer efforts, my family was selected as Harford County's Volunteer Family of the Year (2000) and I was also selected to the Havre de Grace Little League Hall of Fame (2004). I hope that my track record regarding my first term on the as City Council speaks for itself.

As Chair of Public Safety our accomplishments include the following: improved traffic patterns at Lewis Lane and Route 40; a dedicated boat slip for SHCO to improve response times and enhance the chances for rescue vs. recovery; Connor's Law, which requires AED's at public and recreational swimming pools to make every attempt to avoid a tragedy; plans to install a drug box outside the Police Station so that residents can drop off prescription drugs 24/7; a comprehensive Traffic Study to pursue improved patterns; and School Resource Officer's in every HdG School to ensure first and foremost that the safety of our children is not compromised.

In addition, when I first arrived on City Council, I was told that a replacement school for Havre de Grace was not on anyone's radar screen. My response was, "hold that thought because it soon will be." Due to the concerted efforts of an entire community, especially our kids, we continue to move forward and hopefully what was once only a dream, will soon become a reality. I will not give up the fight until we have that all important ribbon cutting ceremony for a replacement school.

Why should you vote for Dave Glenn? I have no hidden agenda and am running for reelection because of my love for Havre de Grace and wanting to "make a difference." I feel I have a lot to offer. If elected, I recognize it is not my seat (the seat belongs to the citizens). I also recognize that I do not have all the answers. Therefore, it has to be a team effort. Keep in mind that no one is as smart as all of us. Therefore, I will solicit input, listen, and when it comes to making a decision, vote to do the right thing for all the right reasons. I have always said that Havre de Grace was Maryland's best kept secret. However, I no longer feel that way. Because of our Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, our Tourism Office, the Arts Commission, the Fourth of July Committee, the Seafood Festival, the War of 1812 event and many others, we have become the tourism stop of choice and we need to continue to build upon it. A vote for Dave Glenn on May 6 will give me the opportunity to make it happen. Hope to see you at the polls on Election Day.

Dave Glenn

Havre de Grace

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