Ches. City Mayor Geraci­mos to seek re-elec­tion

‘We’re go­ing to keep mov­ing for­ward’

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— Mayor Dean Geraci­mos an­nounced his re-elec­tion cam­paign Tues­day af­ter­noon, cred­it­ing sup­port­ers with help­ing him make his fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Geraci­mos is seek­ing a third term at the helm of the water­front town of roughly 700 res­i­dents, but

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faces com­pe­ti­tion from a fa­mil­iar op­po­nent and cur­rent col­league: Coun­cil­man Frank Vari.

Vari ran against Geraci­mos in the mayor’s in­au­gu­ral cam­paign in 2012, falling just 15 votes short of the town’s high­est seat. Now he’s cam­paign­ing on the dif­fer­ing lead­er­ship styles of him and the mayor, and Geraci­mos said he’s hop­ing to dis­play their dif­fer­ences for the pub­lic.

“I am really hop­ing that some­body in town, one of the as­so­ci­a­tions, etc., or­ga­nizes a de­bate to hash out the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions that have been put out there,” Geraci­mos said Tues­day. “I’m really hop­ing to have an op­por­tu­nity to clear them up in a pub­lic fo­rum.”

While Vari’s an­nounce­ment clearly im­pacted Geraci­mos per­son­ally — the mayor re­sponded to Vari’s crit­i­cisms in an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic pre­pared re­mark dur­ing the town coun­cil’s April 25 meet­ing — he said his re-elec­tion cam­paign

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Ch­e­sa­peake City Mayor Dean Geraci­mos an­nounced Tues­day that he will seek a third term in of­fice in the June 6 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Ralph Hilditch, from Mead­ows Con­struc­tion, sur­veys the hole on Goose­mar Road near North East on Mon­day morn­ing.

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