Councilman John Correri Seeks Re-Election
Correri has been serving the city as an elected official off-and-on since the late 1970s.
Councilman John Correri will be in a similar place this May: on a ballot in a Havre de Grace election.
Correri confirmed to Patch that he filed Tuesday afternoon to run for re-election.
Correri missed Monday's council meeting as he is still recovering from a seasonal illness that has kept him at home for the better part of the past two weeks.
"I had really had hoped to do [file] last week, but I wasn't going anywhere, with a bug and all that," Correri said by phone Tuesday afternoon. "We made it official this afternoon. I did file for Havre de Grace City Council seat I've been holding, and I'd hope to continue to hold it."
Correri and fellow incumbent Randy Craig will be on the ballot, while fellow Council member Barbara Wagner has elected not to run again. Also on the ballot are challengers Fred Cullum, a former Councilman, and newcomers Robert Greene and Tom Barnes. Greene filed Tuesday.
Incumbent Mayor Wayne Dougherty will be challenged by former Councilman Jim Miller.
The deadline to file was 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Correri said it is the people he works with that energized him to run for another term.
The people I'm working with—the other council members as well as the mayor and the staff here. This job is quite special and that's the way I've always handled it," Correri said. "I represent the city and I always try to do it the best I can. We just have a really nice team in there working now, and we'll continue to work for efficient government and give the people the services they need."
Correri has held a number of roles in Havre de Grace—from appointed to elected, from council member to mayor.
"I'm pretty comfortable on the legislative side of it. I'm very comfortable here, working on the legislative side, with the different bills," he said.
He was first appointed to council in 1978, replacing a local businessman who retired, named William Dietz. He was re-elected the following year.
"I could easily say I've touched every decade since then," Correri said. "I've got to hand it to my fellow citizens to allow me to come back."
This story has been updated from the initial version, to include additional comments from Councilman Correri.