Count of absentee votes confirms Dougherty as Havre de Grace mayor

Margin of victory over second place was 47

May 11, 2007|By Madison Park | Madison Park,Sun Reporter

Wayne Dougherty edged past Gary Wasielewski to become the next mayor of Havre de Grace after a count yesterday of absentee ballots.

The 57 absentee ballots gave Dougherty, a City Council member for six years, the winning margin by 47 votes. Dougherty had 756 votes while Wasielewski trailed with 709.

The two candidates were separated by 38 votes after citizens cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Eight provisional ballots remain to be counted next week.

Dougherty, a retired member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, will serve a two-year term and replaces John Correri Jr., who came up short in his bid for re-election Tuesday.

Dougherty credited Wasielewski with running a "good, clean campaign."

"Right now, it's getting down to work," Dougherty said. "I feel that I've already started today and I made some rounds at City Hall."

He captured 24 of the absentee ballots, while Wasielewski picked up 15, city officials said today.

The city plans to release official election results Monday, and Dougherty, 59, will be sworn in as mayor May 21.

About 1,800 people - roughly 30 percent of the registered voters in Havre de Grace, a city of about 11,000 - turned out to cast ballots Tuesday.

Mayoral results

*Wayne Dougherty: 756 *Gary Wasielewski: 709 *John Correri Jr. (incumbent): 239 *Frederick Cullum: 163 Note: totals are unofficial pending count of provisional ballots and certification.

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