Next New Windsor mayor to have youth on his side Two candidates are 18 and 24

April 13, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The results of New Windsor's election next month are somewhat unpredictable, but one thing seems certain: The new mayor will be under 25 years old.

Two candidates filed for the office by yesterday's deadline. One, Matthew Purkins, is 18. The other, Jack A. Gullo Jr., is 24.

New Windsor's current mayor, two-termer James C. Carlisle, is vacating his seat to run for Town Council again. He served two terms on the council before he became mayor in 1984.

"I think that the town is very lucky it has two qualified people running," said Mr. Purkins, a Francis Scott Key High School senior. "Either way, I'd say we're in safe hands."

His opponent, Mr. Gullo, is a law student who will finish his studies at Widener School of Law in Pennsylvania in two weeks.

Mr. Gullo was en route to Pennsylvania last night and was unavailable for comment.

Mr. Purkins said he has been involved in town politics for many of the eight years he has lived there. He said he has not missed more than five monthly council meetings since 1989.

"I know that the age factor will probably come into play," said Mr. Purkins of his bid for the town's top political post. "But I feel I am mature enough to handle it.

"I am running to make sure everyone in New Windsor gets a voice and to make sure things get done," said Mr. Purkins. "The town has got to prepare to enter the 21st century without losing its small-town values."

Mr. Purkins works part time at New Windsor Pharmacy and plans to attend Carroll Community College next fall. He is a co-founder of the Francis Scott Key Republican Club, of which he is president and has been treasurer.

He also worked last year campaigning for President Bush, Vice President Quayle and U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R.-Md.

Diane Gullo, the mayoral candidate's mother, said her son wants to help New Windsor progress and develop.

"He said he is interested in preserving the past and planning for the future," Mrs. Gullo said. "He feels he has the motivation and the experience for the job."

She said her son intends to open a law practice later this year after he passes his bar exam.

Two council seats also are available in the May election, and three candidates have filed to run for them.

Incumbent Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman announced her candidacy several weeks ago, as did Mayor Carlisle.

Political newcomer Paul G. Garver, a county stock clerk, is making his first try for a town office.

Like the two mayoral candidates, Mr. Garver expressed a desire to maintain New Windsor's small-town appeal while ushering in an acceptable amount of growth.

"I'd like to see New Windsor stay a small and quiet community," said Mr. Garver, 43, who was raised in New Windsor. "We have to make sure the developers do what we want them to do."

Mr. Garver has worked with the town's recreation council for 15 years. He has served as a baseball, softball and soccer coach in the town and is a former member of the New Windsor Fire Company.

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