Boyer files for City Council seat

January 23, 1997


Staff Writer

Hagerstown Planning Commission member Al Boyer said he filed last week to run for Hagerstown City Council because he wants to do his part to continue the progress that has been made in the city.

Boyer, 60, of 1142 The Terrace, said he decided to enter the race for one of five council seats on the May 20 general election ballot because some good people had decided not to run again.

Council members Mark Jameson and Fred Kramer, with whom Boyer serves on the planning commission, said last week they would not seek to retain their council seats.


The city has come a long way in several areas, including the efforts to revitalize downtown, said Boyer, a Republican. "I really would hate to see this city not sustain the progress that's been made to this point," he said.

More needs to be done to help downtown businesses and to make downtown an attractive place so people will visit and shop there, he said.

"A lot of people don't think the downtown area is important and they're wrong," said Boyer, who called the area the city's core. "The way Hagerstown goes is the way Washington County goes."

Referring to the city's efforts to redevelop buildings downtown, Boyer said he wasn't necessarily in favor of local government being in business and competing with free enterprise.

But, Boyer said, "When free enterprise doesn't do it, somebody has to do it."

City officials need to make all of Hagerstown a good place to live, work and play, he said.

Boyer said he would support efforts to keep the Hagerstown Suns, whose owner has asked for a new stadium for the minor league baseball team. "I think it's an important economic boon to our county and our city."

He also would like to see the Hagerstown Fairgrounds developed with a mixture of recreational and entertainment facilities and possibly residential housing.

Boyer is a member of the Washington County Local Reuse Authority for Fort Ritchie and served on the Washington County Transportation Commission until it was disbanded last November.

Boyer retired from Bell Atlantic in August 1995 after almost 40 years with the company.

He said he has studied at West Virginia University, the University of Maryland-College Park and Frederick Community College.

Boyer moved to Hagerstown from Morgantown, W.Va., in 1970.

He and his wife Marce have four grown children.

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