Candidates United In Pursuit Of Disappearing Tax Base

March 24, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

John P. Correri Jr.

Havre de Grace native Correri has served on the City Council for 12 of the last 14 years.

"I have aspirations to be mayor someday," the 39-year-old Democrat said. "But I'm much more comfortable being one of the Indians now."

Correri was appointed to the council in 1977 but did not seek re-election in the 1987-1988 term. He won back his seat in 1989 and madean unsuccessful bid for the county's District 34 delegate's seat last year.

The most important issue facing Havre de Grace, Correri said, is money. He said the city must find ways to control spending, tocontinue providing community services and to complete key infrastructure improvement projects.

"Right now, what we're going to try to do is to live inside the revenue that we have," Correri said.

He works at Bel Air Produce Co. in Baltimore, where he is an account representative for industrial food sales. He has worked there for three years.

Fred H. Cullum

Cullum sees the council election as his opportunity to serve the community.

"I've been interested in (city government) for several years," said the 41-year-old county native. "Ithink I should do my part for the city."

Cullum, who works as battalion chief at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, has beena member of the Susquehanna Hose Co., Havre de Grace's volunteer fire company, for 21 years.

Cullum also is treasurer of the county Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Association.

If elected, Cullum said hehopes to find ways for the city to develop new sources of money and expand its tax base as federal, state and county money becomes more scarce.

"I think we're facing some pretty rough times with the budget and the economy," Cullum said. "It's going to take a lot of clear thinking to balance our budget and provide services."

June Gallagher

Gallagher moved to Havre de Grace eight months ago to get away from the fast-paced lifestyle of her native Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County.

Gallagher, 42, said she decided to run for City Councilbecause she is concerned that Havre de Grace will soon become like the Glen Burnie area if development is not put under tight control.

"I don't want to see that," Gallagher said. "I want it to stay the way it is."

She said city officials should concentrate on improvingthe existing business and residential districts without opening the community up to too much development.

Gallagher, a registered Democrat, is a nurse at Harford Memori

al Hospital. She received her nursing degree at Anne Arundel Community College.

Rene A. Lambert

Lambert, a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground administrator, lost hiscampaign for the Havre de Grace City Council in 1989 by two votes.

The 62-year-old Democrat is hoping for different results in his campaign for one of three available council seats in the city's May 7 election.

Lambert said he is concerned that Havre de Grace, like many other Maryland communities, is headed for a financial pinch as the cost of public services exceeds the tax base.

As Havre de Grace's residential and commercial development continues, Lambert said the city will eventually have to expand the capacity of its sewage treatment plant and maintain the municipal infrastructure.

Lambert, a Messina, N.Y., native, has lived in Havre de Grace for 36 years. He worked at APG for 32 years, retiring in 1986 as chief of the Track VehicleDivision.

Lambert is on the board of trustees at Susquehanna Museum and St. John's Towers. He is former chairman of the city's Historic District.

He also is a member of Friends of the Lighthouse and the Decoy Museum.

Kevin Racine

Racine, 25, has been involved in Havre de Grace politics since he

was a teen-ager, missing only seven council meetings over the last 10 years, he said.

Racine becameinvolved in community government at age 15, when he said a City Council candidate came to his home while his parents were away and refused to talk to him.

Racine, a registered independent, said he has been involved in numerous issues and activities, from skateboarding regulations to the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign.

"I just kept on," Racine said. "I was going to show that there was a young person interested in the community."

If elected, Racine said he wants to see the city increase its involvement in the county Boys and Girls Club. The club has a center in Aberdeen, and Racine said he would like to see Havre de Grace organize regular bus services to the center for the city's youths.

Racine is a supply clerk at the Perry Point Veterans Administration Medical Center in Perryville, Cecil County.

Wardell V. Stansbury

Stansbury hopes this year's council election will mark his return to Havre de Grace government. Stansbury, 55, was a member of the City Council between 1971 and 1979.

Stansbury, a registered Democrat, said he wants to see the city develop a youth center to provide education and entertainment for teens.

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