Havre de Grace elects three new City Council members

May 03, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

After three incumbents bowed out in the weeks leading up to the election, residents of Havre de Grace voted three new members onto the City Council yesterday.

Newcomer Stephen J. Gamatoria, a 28-year-old member of the Susquehanna Hose Co. who works in the aerospace industry, led the balloting with 882 votes.

Also elected were James P. Miller, a member of the city's board of appeals, with 645 votes, and another newcomer to local office, Garrett Lyttle, with 469 votes.

Miller, 49, briefly served on the council four years ago to replace Cecelia M. Stepp after she was elected to the Harford County Council.

Lyttle, 59, is retired from the corporate retail industry. He edged out Kalman Riegelhaupt, 71, a city councilman in the late 1970s who has run unsuccessfully several times since then and received 418 votes yesterday.

Three positions on the six-member council were up for grabs, and the winners will serve two-year terms. The mayor and three other council positions will appear on the ballot next year.

The incumbents whose seats were being contested withdrew in recent weeks. Two of them - Bernard E. Mills Jr. and Vince Way - noted health problems, while Ernest Anderson, gave up his seat after moving outside the city. Way bowed out too late to be removed from the ballot, and received 345 votes, according to unofficial results reported by Rena Waggoner, acting director of the Harford Board of Elections.

Barely a sixth of the city's 6,010 registered voters cast ballots, Waggoner said.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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