Riley, Wilder and Bankert win in Manchester election

May 16, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Incumbent Daniel C. Riley won the most votes in the Manchester election last night, earning a third consecutive term on the Town Council. Newcomers Edward Dale Wilder Jr. and Stephen M. Bankert also won seats.

Riley, a lifelong Manchester resident, garnered 117 votes. Wilder won 96 votes and Bankert 73. Six candidates were vying for three seats on the five-member board. Of the other candidates, David M. Bott Sr. received 38 votes, Paul M. Dattilio 59 votes, and Julia Davidson 56 votes.

"It's been a very rewarding experience. I've enjoyed meeting and speaking with many of the citizens of Manchester," Wilder said last night.

Manchester, with 3,330 residents, has 1,549 people registered to vote in its town elections. Election officials said 174 votes were cast yesterday, with four absentee ballots.

"We have a little more than previous years, particularly since it's not a mayoral election," said Marianne Warehime, who was passing out paper ballots yesterday afternoon at the elections board table with members Jeanne Beaver and Geraldine Berwager.

Despite the number of candidates, it was a quiet election. The candidates generally agreed the issues were water and the Main Street revitalization project. Some filed because of the initial lack of candidates.

Riley, 70, a retired bank official who also served on the council during the 1970s, was the only incumbent to pursue another term. Councilmen Joe Jordan and Brooks Rugemer did not seek re-election.

Wilder, 39, a contracts manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, spent election day at Memorial Building, the municipal office, shaking hands and chatting with residents.

"I certainly would like to thank all the candidates. I think we had six very good people," Wilder, who has lived in town seven years and serves on its Planning and Zoning Commission, said last night.

Bankert, 31, is a Manchester native who works for Carroll County as a landfill equipment operator.

Of the other candidates, Dattilio, 61, is a retired Sears repair technician who has lived in town 24 years and serves on its Board of Zoning Appeals. Bott, 64, is a retired civilian program manager for the Navy. He said he and his wife moved to Manchester four years ago.

Davidson, 27, is an eight-year resident of the town. She works for a Westminster florist. Her husband, county planner Darrell W. Davidson, was across from Town Hall yesterday afternoon as the youngest of their four children, 4-year-old Holly, slept under a North Carroll Panthers team umbrella. He and Wilder both manned campaign signs in the parking lot.

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