Saum-Wicklein files to run for re-election

January 20, 1997


Staff Writer

Downtown businesswoman Susan K. Saum-Wicklein, a Republican, filed Friday to run for a third term on the Hagerstown City Council.

Saum-Wicklein said that if she had to pinpoint one accomplishment of her previous terms in office, it would be her aggressive pursuit of tourism for Hagerstown.

"We're beginning to realize how much impact tourism has on economic development," Saum-Wicklein said.

Saum-Wicklein, 44, is an officer in the family owned Saum's Jewelers on Public Square. She is married to Mike Wicklein. They live at 278 S. Prospect St. with their two children.

In 1989, she became the first woman to be elected to the council. She has been active in local and state GOP politics since 1978 and once served as state party treasurer.


If re-elected to the council, Saum-Wicklein said she hopes to expand programs started by the current administration.

The continued strong promotion of downtown Hagerstown is a priority, she said.

So is home ownership in Hagerstown, she said, adding that she'd like to see a model housing program that would help single-parent families and small families achieve home ownership.

Saum-Wicklein said tax problems she faces as a business woman have no impact on her commitment to public service.

She declined to discuss the tax matter. "It has no place in a public discussion," she said.

Saum's Jewelers owed about $20,000 in delinquent taxes, interest and penalties to city, county, state and federal governments, according to documents.

Saum-Wicklein has said the property tax information from the city and the county was wrong and was based on incorrect assessment information. She has said the business was taking steps to resolve the matter.

The business was contesting a federal tax lien placed on it by the Internal Revenue Service because tax obligations were met, she said in an interview last month.

She also said then that the business was paying back state taxes, which had been delayed during a "difficult financial period."

Friday is the last day for candidates to file for mayor of Hagerstown or one of the five City Council seats.

The general election will be held on May 20.

A primary election would be held Tuesday, March 11, if more than five democrats and five Republicans file for office. So far, six candidates have filed to run for the council. Two candidates have filed for the mayoral post.

The deadline for Hagerstown residents to register to vote in the primary election is Monday, Feb. 10.

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