Gor­man aims to make a dif­fer­ence in Elkton

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Bob Gor­man is run­ning for the Elkton Town Board of Com­mis­sion­ers be­cause he feels he can make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

In the past, he has helped other po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns and peo­ple from those camps have asked him to run, but Gor­man said he felt could make more of an im­pact through char­i­ta­ble work, most no­tably through the Knights of Colum­bus.

Now ready to en­ter poli-

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tics, how­ever, Gor­man, 54, said his three goals are to tackle the town’s cost of wa­ter ser­vice with Arte­sian Wa­ter, help de­crease crime and cre­ate an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan that will in­crease jobs and rev­enue.

Gor­man is one of four can­di­dates run­ning for two open seats on the Elkton Town Board of Com­mis­sion­ers in the May 24 town elec­tion. The top two vote-getters will earn the seats along in­cum­bent com­mis­sion­ers Mary Jo Jablonski and DJ VanRee­nen, and Mayor Rob Alt.

With the town’s con­tract with Arte­sian ex­pir­ing in 2017, Gor­man be­lieves there should be a rene­go­ti­a­tion of terms that are “more fa­vor­able” for the town. Af­ter drought con­di­tions in 2010 caused the re­quired the min­i­mum daily wa­ter pur­chase to in­crease from 50,000 gal­lons a day to 375,000 gal­lons, town of­fi­cials fought the util­ity to lower its pay­ments. In De­cem­ber 2012, both sides agreed to a five-year ex­ten­sion that also dropped the daily take to 250,000 gal­lons.

Gor­man also wants to fill the eight open po­si­tions within the Elkton Police Depart­ment, ra­tio­nal­iz­ing that greater police pres­ence de­creases crime. He said Chris Zeauskas, a fel­low can­di­date with whom Gor­man is run­ning on a slate, Com­mis­sioner DJ VanRee­nen and him­self have also pledged to put two years their an­nual $2,5000 com­mis­sioner salaries to­ward a police sub­sta­tion, which would al­low per­ma­nent police pa­trol, in the Hollingsworth Manor area to de­crease crime.

Gor­man said the town needs an eco­nomic plan that will in­clude the en­tire town, not just the down­town, and will cre­ate jobs. He said the plan has to bring larger em­ploy­ers be­cause that will in­crease rev­enue in the area.

He said he is in fa­vor of a land swap with Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools to build a town recre­ational cen­ter off Booth Street, al­though it does not mean that the com­mis­sion­ers need “to jump on the rec cen­ter right now” due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons. Gor­man said there must be a plan in place be­fore the cen­ter can be built.

Gor­man re­ceived his doc­tor­ate in sta­tis­tics from the University of Delaware in 1993 and a mas­ter’s de­gree in sta­tis­tics from UD in 1986. He re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in math­e­mat­ics from the University of Dal­las in 1984. He has worked at Seimens Health­care Di­ag­nos­tics, for­merly Dade Behring, in Newark, Del., since 1999.

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