Gorman aims to make a difference in Elkton
— 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-
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.