by Lisa Tome
While some former Chesapeake City board members have stepped back from politics, Mayor Dean Geracimos is facing a challenge in his quest for reelection.
And that challenge is from within the council.
Geracimos announced on May 3 that he will seek a third term.
"One of the deciding factors in my decision to run again is the need for continued strong leadership at the helm to see the many town projects that were started under my administration. As noted at the State of the Town presentation held on April 5, it has been a total team effort to get the Town in its current position of being fiscally sound with many major grant funded projects in the works.
While we have a passion, dedicated, and results-oriented Town Council, and a small but extremely competent staff, it takes a visionary leader with the ability to build partnerships and bring people together to reach consensus in order to get the job done. My track record speaks for itself - it proves that I continue to be the right man for the job ... I'd like to make it clear that we are not raising property taxes this year. Any talk about it on the street is a misrepresentation of the process and the facts," said Geracimos.
"I want to be mayor to see the projects we have put together to fruition. I think I have the leadership skills to get it done and move it forward," said Geracimos. "I think networking with other officials and agencies is so important. We've gotten over $19 million worth of grants for our town."
Frank Vari is challenging the mayor.
He said that he first wants to dispel two rumors.
"I do have the stamina. I have the health of a 40-year-old. I'm in good health," said Vari. He also said he does not plan to turn on the fire sirens. "Dean and I are friends. The only contrast is the way we govern," said Vari.
He also said he decided to challenge Geracimos after a statement he said the mayor made during the state of the town message.
He said Geracimos stated that "he can run the town from his cell phone."
"The mayor is and should be the face of the town. The mayor needs to be accessible, visible, and present," said Vari. "I walk the streets, I talk to the residents and visitors. What you see with me is what you get."
"I love Chesapeake City and I think people should see the mayor. The first thing I would do is set up office hours. Even though it's a part time job, I will set up office hours - maybe a three hour block, three days a week," said Vari.
The town election for Chesapeake City is set for Monday, June 6. Polls are open from 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in two locations.
Those who live on the north side of town vote at the Chesapeake City Fire Company, 215 Lock Street. South side residents vote at town hall, 108 Bohemia Avenue.