In a narrow vote among six candidates seeking two Town Council seats, Manchester residents elected Ryan M. Warner and Mary E. Minderlein to four-year terms yesterday.
Christopher B. D'Amario, 37, received 198 votes as the unopposed candidate for mayor, replacing Elmer C. Lippy, 78, who did not seek re-election.
Minderlein garnered 108 votes and Warner received 100 to edge incumbent James J. Singer, who had 96 votes.
The remaining three Town Council candidates, A. Geoffrey Rice, Mark J. Mangieri and Howard Grundland, received 57, 47 and 13 votes, respectively.
The turnout was relatively light as 242 of 1,459 registered voters went to the polls. Six absentee ballots were cast.
The winning candidates have supported taking advantage of state-funded, quick-fix measures to relieve traffic congestion and continuing a long-range goal of obtaining state funding for a bypass around Manchester.
D'Amario was not surprised by the close council race. "The best thing, we're all still friends, and I will be calling on everyone to help out," he said.
Minderlein, 44, said she was surprised to be the top vote-getter among council candidates. She said she will celebrate by going to Walt Disney World this weekend.
Warner said he was anxious to study the town's water situation and look at recent reports of juvenile crime.
"I want to be aggressive in attacking some of the town's problems," Warner, 24, said.
In addition to traffic congestion, all the winning candidates had taken stands on reducing juvenile nuisance crimes and continuing to seek new water sources.
D'Amario and the winning council candidates supported a growth limit of 5,000, a measure designed to ensure that Manchester's infrastructure keeps pace with growth.
Few towns have taken the steps Manchester has to control growth, so it was frustrating for town officials when Gov. Parris N. Glendening withdrew funds for a town bypass, saying such an endeavor would encourage suburban sprawl.
Pub Date: 5/19/99