By JULIE E. GREENE
Incumbent Steven T. Sager filed Monday morning to run for a fourth four-year term as Hagerstown's mayor.
Sager, a Democrat, announced his candidacy in front of dilapidated row houses at 382-396 N. Prospect St. The houses symbolize an issue Sager said he would focus on if re-elected in the May 20 general election - increasing Hagerstown's home ownership rate.
Sager, 43, of 809 Dewey Ave., wants to put "Neighborhoods First."
That platform includes issues ranging from home ownership to waging a war against drugs.
"I think the biggest problem we face is the impact of drugs on the community, especially crack," Sager said.
Solving the problem will require more than the addition of police officers, he said. The battle will require shifting resources and social programs, he said.