"I have the leadership and training to help the city," Dixon said. "The council does not always understand technology and business. Westminster needs to be run more efficiently, like the corporation it is."
Westminster has nearly 9,500 registered voters, but turnout for city elections is traditionally low. Signs posted in front yards throughout the city show the intensity of the municipal campaigning. Most candidates are going door-to-door, mailing fliers and advertising in area newspapers and on the radio.
"Government is only as strong as the level of participation of its citizens and the strength of those who become part of the process," said Dayhoff.
"Local government is the most important government that any citizen will do business with."
Election Day: May 9.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Polling places: Westminster Fire Hall, 28 John St., for residents who live east of Route 31; Westminster Community Center, 325 Royer Road, for residents who live west of Route 31.
Candidates: Voters will choose from three candidates for mayor and elect two council members from among five candidates.