Kathryn L. Riley and Chris Damario have declared themselves candidates for the May 18 Manchester Town Council election.
Mrs. Riley has lived in Manchester for 42 years. She served as Manchester's clerk-treasurer for more than 23 years before retiring July 1, 1992.
If she gets elected, she said, "It will be nice to be on the other side of the table."
Mrs. Riley said she is running because "I know the workings of the town. I know where the funds are derived from. . . . I wouldn't be going into the job cold."
Mrs. Riley, 61, is a sister-in-law of Town Councilman John A. Riley.
She and her husband, Daniel, have two sons and three grandchildren. Mrs. Riley said she is enjoying her retirement and continues to pursue her hobby of genealogy.
Chris Damario, a resident of Manchester since June 1992, said he is running because "I feel that we need to bring the council and the people of the town together more."
For example, he said, when the town raised water rates last year, some of the upset that resulted might have been avoided with better communication between the council and the residents.
He said he was not assigning blame, and added that communication has to be a two-way street.
Mr. Damario said, "My father taught me a long time ago that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."
He said he would like to study whether the salaries of town employees are creating a turnover problem.
"You don't want your whole water and sewer department to up and leave," he said.
He said he would also like to see the town become more involved with education, perhaps by establishing a small scholarship.
Mr. Damario, 31, is a member of the town's ad-hoc committee on water and sewers. He and his wife, Cheryl, have a son and a daughter and a baby on the way.
He works as a forensic chemist at the Maryland State Police crime lab.