Taneytown elects unopposed Heine mayor

Hale, Long win seats on City Council

253 ballots are cast

May 04, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Taneytown voters elected Henry C. Heine Jr. mayor yesterday and put incumbent Brian E. Long and Darryl G. Hale on the City Council.

City Clerk Linda Hess said 253 of the city's 1,170 registered voterscast their paper ballots.

Heine, 52, ran unopposed and will replace Mayor W. Robert Flickinger, who is retiring after 28 years in office as a councilman and mayor. Flickinger received 107 write-in votes.

Heine has been a councilman for 10 years. He and his wife, Linda, moved to the city in 1975 and have two daughters.

"I want to get started on a couple of things almost immediately," Heine said. "There seems to be a burning issue to do something for the youth of this city, and that seems to stem from what's happening nationally."

While he campaigned, he said, residents expressed concern about the fatal shootings at a high school in Littleton, Colo., and at other schools in recent years.

Whenever he talked to youths, he said, he heard the same lament he hears from his two daughters: "There's nothing for us to do."

"So I would like to get moving on that," Heine said. "That seems to be a thread that's running through this whole election: the youth."

All three council candidates said they support a community center for youth.

Long and Hale got the most votes in the three-man City Council race, 162 and 166 respectively, beating out Bobby Wales Sr. for the two available seats.

But all three could end up on the council within a month. Now that Heine has been elected mayor, he will have to give up his council seat. As mayor, he will submit a list of possible appointees for the council to consider. He said he has been approached by at least two people and would consider adding the name of the council candidate who finished third.

Heine expects to be sworn in this week at the Carroll County Courthouse, in time to preside over the City Council meeting Monday.

Long, 33, is a computer-aided design drafter at Wilson T. Ballard Co. in Owings Mills. He and his wife, the former Danielle Morningstar, live on O'Brien Street. He was appointed to the council three years ago to fill a vacancy. This was his first run for public office.

Long said he supports a new community center for youth that would provide sports, the arts and opportunities to get involved with the community.

He supports economic development but wants to make sure the city doesn't lose its historic charm, he said.

Hale, 32, is a sales service manager for R. M. Schmidt heating and air-conditioning in Westminster. He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter who will be 3 in July. Hale also supports a community center where youths can drop in after school.

While he campaigned, he promoted voter registration, passing out cards and submitting them for applicants who filled them out.

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