MANCHESTER — You can call Robert Kolodziejski a procrastinator. Just make sure you call him councilman.
After deciding to run for the Town Council after the April 8 filing deadline for candidates had passed, Kolodziejski mounted an aggressive door-to-door campaign and landed a seat asa write-in winner in yesterday's election.
Incumbent John A. Riley won the other open council seat, while horticulturist Joseph Gayer came up short. Mayor A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. also won re-election.
"It feels good, I'm in," Kolodziejski said soon after results were released last night. "I'm here to work for the town."
The vote totals were: Riley, 73; Kolodziejski, 65; and Gayer, 50. Robert Fowble received one write-in vote. Warehime garnered 97 votes for mayor, while six others received one write-in vote.
While more than 1,145 people in this town of 2,689 are registered tovote, 112 -- just under 10 percent -- turned out at the polls. The low turnout is attributable to the relatively non-competitive race, town officials said.
"With such a small turnout, you never know what's going to happen," Gayer said.
Of the candidates running in seven municipal elections in Carroll this spring, the 38-year-old supervisor for Westinghouse was the only write-in winner.
Kolodziejski credits his unlikely victory to his efforts to get out and meet the people. He spent the entire day greeting citizens who turned out to voteat Town Hall.
Gayer agreed that Kolodziejski's leg work paid off.
"(Kolodziejski) worked really hard and he'll work really hard forthe town," he said. "That's what counts."
Riley, 62, has been on and off the town council in the past 23 years and is serving out the remainder of Warehime's council term. Hampstead's town manager began his public career in 1968 as a Manchester councilman. From 1970 to 1977, he served as Manchester's town manager and zoning administrator, and from 1977 to 1984 as zoning administrator.
"I still feel I have a lot to offer the town," Riley said yesterday.
Warehime, 45, first entered town politics with his 1983 election to the council. He was appointed to a two-year term in 1987 and won re-election to the seat in 1989. He served on the council until December, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired seat of Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr., who is now a County Commissioner. Warehime was on a business trip in Houstonyesterday and could not be reached for comment.
The issues facingthe 226-year-old town revolve around growth. The council in recent months has been grappling with recycling, brush dumps and the 10-year,$10 million sewage treatment plant expansion.
During the last election in 1989, 180 of 377 registered voters made it to the polls, a 47 percent turnout. That was the last election before the town began participating in the county's universal registration process.