Voters in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace will pick new municipal leaders in elections Tuesday.
In both communities, candidates have said that the main issue facing the municipalities is finding ways to continue providing quality government services in lean economic times.
In Havre de Grace, citizens will vote for a mayor and three members of the City Council. In Aberdeen, voters will pick two members forthe town Board of Commissioners.
All the available offices in both communities carry two-year terms.
In the Havre de Grace election, ballots may be cast at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium onJuniata Street. In Aberdeen voters should go to the Aberdeen Senior Center at 60 N. Parke St.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.in both communities.
In the Havre de Grace mayoral contest, incumbent Gunther D. Hirsch faces political newcomer Jane Jacksteit.
The next mayor is expected to take a less active role in the managementof the municipal government now that a city manager has been hired to oversee daily operations.
Hirsch, a registered Democrat, became mayor in 1989 after spending six years on the City Council. The 65-year-old retired physician says he has long been involved in Havre de Grace community organizations before entering politics.
If re-elected, Hirsch said his chief goal is to see that the city government provides quality services within a balanced budget.
Jacksteit, however, has based her campaign on the need for change in the city leadership. She also has said the city must do more to protect its historic character from development.
Jacksteit, a 73-year-old registered Republican, has lived in Havre de Grace since 1973. She has been involved in several historical and preservation groups.
The race for the three Havre de Grace council seats includes John P. Correri Jr., FredH. Cullum, June Gallagher, Rene A. Lambert, Kevin Racine, Wardell V.Stansbury and James C. Vancherie Jr.
Correri and Vancherie are incumbents. The council's third incumbent, Kay Mike, is not seeking re-election.
In Aberdeen, the candidates for two seats on the Board of Commissioners are John M. Bailiff, William Benjamin Jr., Ronald Kupferman and Macon L. Tucker Jr.
Kupferman is the lone incumbent in the field.
The seat held by incumbent Raymond H. Warfield is beingvacated because he is not seeking re-election.