2 bow out, 2 enter race for council

April 13, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Yesterday, on the final day to file for the Manchester Town Council race, Councilmen Geoffrey S. Black and Gerald H. Bollinger said they will not run to retain their seats.

Also, two more Manchester residents declared themselves candidates yesterday for the May 18 council election.

Robin Yingling and Douglas Myers are the latest to throw their hats in the ring.

Mr. Black said yesterday he had agonized and soul-searched over the decision. He said he decided yesterday that his growing family and work commitments would not allow him to seek another term.

He said he has three daughters who are becoming involved in activities such as ballet just as their mother, Dianne, is working more outside the home. He will need to spend more time with his family, he said, as well as with his law practice.

Mr. Black said he would encourage anyone who would have voted for him to vote for Kathryn Riley. He said her entry into the race "made me feel a little easier about making the decision not to run."

Mr. Bollinger said he is not running because "I'm just too busy. My workload's too much."

Mr. Bollinger is a chemical engineer with C.M. Kemp Manufacturing Co. in Glen Burnie, which makes equipment for refineries.

He said he missed several council meetings in 1991 and 1992, when he had to go to Korea on business.

And, he said, he has 3-year-old twins, who take up a lot of time.

Mr. Bollinger had said earlier in the year that he would like to give up his seat, if someone entered the race whom he felt he could support.

Yesterday, he nominated Douglas Myers as a council candidate, and Mr. Myers said he would accept.

Mr. Myers said he has lived in Manchester since 1980, and served as the town's water and sewer superintendent from 1977 to 1986.

"There are a lot of water and sewer issues coming up," he noted.

He said he takes a conservative position on the town budget.

"We're in tough times," he said. "We've got to kind of bite the bullet and tighten our belts."

Mr. Myers, a design engineer, works for Frederick County's water and sewer department. He has also worked as a consulting engineer and for the state of Maryland.

He said his 14 years of experience with city, state and county government would help him on the council.

Mr. Myers, 36, said he has not held political office before.

He and his wife, Sue, have two children, ages 15 and 4. Mr. Myers plays basketball and softball, and also is an umpire. He is a member of the Manchester fire company.

Robin Yingling, 41, who also filed as a candidate yesterday, is a senior financial analyst with the state Department of Transportation. He conceived of the Hanover Pike Task Force, which brought together planning officials from Maryland and Pennsylvania to consider the traffic problems of Route 30.

Until February, he was a senior transportation planner for Carroll County.

The county's ethics rules prevented him from seeking a council seat because of potential conflicts of interest, he said, but he has gotten an all-clear from the state transportation department to run.

Mr. Yingling also serves with the Navy Reserve and teaches non-credit computer courses at Carroll Community College.

The other announced candidates are Councilwoman Charlotte Collett and residents Ray Unger, Kathryn Riley and Chris Damario.

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