As he seeks his 4th term in office, Aberdeen Mayor Michael Bennett faces competition from three battle-tested opponents, including a former city mayor, a candidate who ran for state office, and the rival who lost to Bennett in his last race by barely two dozen votes.
Bennett, who was first elected in 2007 when he defeated then-mayor S. Fred Simmons, will square off against Ruth Elliott, Patrick McGrady, and Marla Posey-Moss on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Giving up her seat on the city council in an attempt to return to the position she once held is Elliott, who was the first ever elected mayor of Aberdeen, serving from 1992–1994.
In 2011, Bennett eked out a tougher-than-expected win against challenger McGrady by just 26 votes – and now has to face the familiar foe once again. At the time, Bennett said it was “probably the nastiest campaign I’ve had to endure.”
Also making a run for mayor is Posey-Moss, a former Democratic candidate for District 34A of the Maryland House of Delegates.
In the city council race, with Elliott giving up her seat for the mayoral race and city councilwoman Ruth Ann Young not seeking re-election, Aberdeen voters are guaranteed to send at least two new representatives to the dais.
Incumbents Sandra Landbeck and Stephen Smith are seeking re-election among a crowded field that also includes Carol Bruce, Sean DeBonis, Daniel J. Forte, Jason Kolligs, Barbara Osborn Kreamer, Tim Lindecamp, and Melvin Taylor.
The nine candidates are vying for four seats on the city council.
ABERDEEN VOTER INFORMATION
Daniel J. Forte
Barbara Osborn Kreamer
Stephen A. Smith
Election Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Place: Aberdeen Senior Center, 7 Franklin Street
Polls Open: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To vote in the Aberdeen Municipal Election you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, live within the municipal boundaries of the City of Aberdeen, and a registered voter with the Harford County Board of Elections.
Register to vote with the Harford County Board of Elections by filling out a Voter Registration Application.
If you are already registered, make sure your voter status is active and current.
You may find information on how to register to vote or check you voter status at www.harfordvotes.info.
Voter registration applications are available in the Aberdeen City Hall lobby or by clicking on this link, Voter Registration Application.
Remember: voter registration applications must be mailed or dropped off to the Harford County Board of Elections, 133 Industry Lane, Forest Hill, MD 21050.
The voter registration deadline is October 13, 2015.
Click here for an Absentee Ballot Application. Please return this to the Harford County Board of Elections. Deadline: October 27, 2015.
Once the absentee ballot is received, mail (or drop off) to Aberdeen City Hall no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day, or to an election judge at the Polling Place (Aberdeen Senior Center, 7 Franklin Street) no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Questions? Call the Harford County Board of Elections at 410-638-3565 or the City of Aberdeen, City Clerk Monica Correll at 410-272-1600, extension 211.