Jameson, Kramer won't seek City Council seats

January 15, 1997


Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Council members Mark G. Jameson and Fred Kramer said Tuesday they will not seek re-election in the spring.

"Four years ago, I was very fortunate to win by a mere 35-vote margin," Jameson told the mayor and fellow Council members during a Tuesday work session. He is serving his first four-year term.

Jameson, 43, of 418 Fair Meadows Blvd., said he hoped his public service had benefited the city, despite mistakes he had made on the Council.

When he did make a mistake, he admitted it, said Jameson, a Republican.

One of those mistakes occurred almost a year ago when Jameson publicly questioned City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman's disciplinary measures against a city employee following last January's water crisis. Problems associated with flooding led to a three-day water-use ban and a 10-day boil-water advisory for the city's 75,000 water customers.


The employee was suspended without pay for 20 working days, but given a new, temporary job that Jameson said should have been advertised.

Jameson said Tuesday that he wanted to spend more time with his wife Kate and their children, Andy, 10, and Molly, 7.

He said he would continue his volunteer work at the Community Free Clinic on West Franklin Street. Jameson, who is trained in internal and preventative medicine, works part time for the Western Maryland Center. He also works contractually for Brook Lane Psychiatric Center and health departments in Washington and Frederick counties.

Kramer, 72, of 1102 Oak Hill Ave., told his fellow Council members that he was happy to have served the community, but wouldn't run for election.

Kramer has twice been appointed to a Council seat, most recently on Feb. 28, 1994, to fill a vacancy left by the death of Robert R. "Red" Smith.

He earlier was appointed to the Council on Dec. 18, 1990, to succeed John P. Donoghue, who resigned to take his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

If asked again to fill a vacancy on the Council, Kramer said he wouldn't accept. It's time to move on and give someone else the opportunity to serve on the Council, he said after the meeting.

Some of the Council's accomplishments of which Kramer said he was proud included adding local jobs by getting companies such as 1st Urban Fiber to locate here.

He mentioned downtown improvements, including the city-owned and renovated Elizabeth Hager Center, as well as the Council's efforts to make more housing available for low-income citizens as other notable accomplishments.

As of Tuesday, only two candidates had filed for the five Council seats up for grabs this spring - incumbent William M. Breichner and former Councilman Larry A. Vaughn. Both are Democrats.

Two candidates have filed for the mayoral post - incumbent Democrat Steven T. Sager and Republican Robert E. Bruchey II.

The deadline to file for mayor or Council is Friday, Jan. 24. If a city primary election is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, March 11.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, May 20.

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