Less than four weeks and counting until May 7 Havre de Grace election

Registration deadline comes up Wednesday; candidate forums planned


A little more than three weeks remain until the May 7 city election in Havre de Grace and though the campaign has been relatively quiet to date, things can be expected to heat up as Election Day draws near.

This year's election features a race for mayor and for three city council seats. Mayor Wayne Dougherty is seeking a fourth term and is challenged by former city councilman Jim Miller.

In the council races, incumbents John Correri and Randy Craig are seeking re-election. Challengers include former councilman Fred Cullum and two first-time candidates, Thomas Barnes and Robert Greene. One other incumbent whose seat is up this year, Councilwoman Barbara Wagner, decided not to run. Council members and the mayor serve two-year terms.

A least two public candidate forums are scheduled and for voters who are not registered, a key date comes up next week on Wednesday, April 17, which is the last chance to register and be able to vote on May 7.

Any Havre de Grace resident, age 18 or older, who is registered to vote in Harford County for county, state and federal candidates is eligible to vote in the city election. If you aren't registered at all, you have until 5 p.m. on April 17 to submit a registration application to the Harford County Elections Office in Forest Hill.

Forms are available at City Hall and the Havre de Grace Library, according to the city's website, as well as at MVA and social services offices and post offices. The county elections office will also mail registration applications by phoned request at 410-638-3565.

The Bulle Rock community will hold a candidates night on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the residents club. On May 1, the Ontario-Otsego Positive Action Committee will hold a debate at City Hall.

This year's city election will also have a ballot question where voters will be asked to approve the purchase of the Gamatoria property next to Concord Point Lighthouse for $1.29 million.

On Election Day, May 7, voting will take place in St. Patrick's Hall, 600 Pennington Ave., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Absentee ballots are also available from the county elections office. There is a downloadable form at http://www.harfordvotes.info/index.cfm?ID=1014.

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