Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

July 02, 2006

New, old candidates file for fall elections

A bevy of new candidates - many unknown and some familiar - filed last week to run in the fall elections as tomorrow's deadline to file inched closer.

Mark Fisher, an airplane engineer and farmer from Bel Air, joined the race for county executive Monday and said he will campaign as a "kinder, gentler" alternative to County Executive David R. Craig and Democratic candidate Ann C. Helton.

"I'd like to try to take the politics out of the job and have the county government be a kinder, gentler government that works for the people," said Fisher. "I think we could do more with what we have."

With David E. Carey registering to run for the House of Delegates and Joan Morrissey Ward expected to register for the County Council seat representing Bel Air, the town's commission will have more than half its members competing to move on to higher office. James V. "Captain Jim" McMahan Jr., a Republican, is also vying for the council seat in the primary.

Carey, a Democrat, will face off against Rob LaPin for the District 35B seat represented by Del. Susan K. McComas, a Republican who faces a challenge from James Welch, Bel Air's Main Street manager. McComas defeated Carey, a former chairman of the county's Democratic Central Committee, by 4,000 votes in 2002.

Similarly, Havre de Grace could see two from its municipal ranks competing in the general election. Mary Ann Lisanti, a former city manager for six years, registered to run for County Council as a Democrat. Lisanti, who spent four years in the County Planning and Zoning Department, is executive director of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, a nonprofit conservation group.

Mayor John P. Correri Jr. filed last week to run as a Republican in that race, and faces business owner Marian Bollinger and Fred Silva in the primary.

Councilman Dion F. Guthrie, the only Democrat on the County Council, has two fellow Democrats seeking to oust him. William J. Coates of Joppa and Michael Neumann of Edgewood registered last week.

Justin Fenton

Property bought for county seat complex

Harford County has paid $937,000 for a 3/4 -acre property in downtown Bel Air, a sale that will allow for the expansion of government offices.

The parcel sits at the intersection of Churchville Road and Hickory Avenue and is contiguous to county-owned property. Environmental tests have detected no problems with the site, where a Mobile gas station operated. The station closed about a year ago.

Plans call for a new government administration building, the third large building in what will be Harford's office complex in the county seat.

The county settled on the property Friday and the Board of Estimates approved a contract that will allow the project to go out for engineering and design, officials said.

Mary Gail Hare

Government closed tomorrow, Tuesday

Harford County government offices and senior centers will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.

Offices and centers will reopen Wednesday.

Information: HCG offices, 410-638-3258; senior centers, 410-638-3025.

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