Six in hunt for mayor's job

January 24, 1997


Staff Writer

Democratic and Republican primaries will be held for Hagerstown's mayoral post on March 11 to determine who will face off in the spring general election.

Six candidates filed for mayor and nine candidates filed for the five City Council seats on the May 20 general election ballot.

The deadline to file for mayor or council was Friday.

The candidates for mayor are:

  • Incumbent Democrat Steven T. Sager, 43, of 809 Dewey Ave. Sager is seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term. He has been mayor since 1985.

  • Republican Robert E. Bruchey II, 38, of 905 Woodland Way. Bruchey retired in 1994, after 13 years as a correctional officer for the State of Maryland, because of a disability. He works for Primerica Financial Services.

  • Republican Dennis L. Duffey, 47, of 1100 Kuhn Ave. Duffey is a production line operator at Corning Glass in Greencastle, Pa. He ran unsuccessfully to be a Washington County Commissioner in 1994.

  • Republican Leon C. Fearnow, 55, of 627 N. Mulberry St. This is Fearnow's second run for mayor. The retired city police officer works at Boat America Corp.

  • Democrat Don Allensworth, 62, of 1732 Edgewood Hill Circle. This will be Allensworth's third attempt at the mayoral post. He also has run unsuccessfully for Washington County Commissioner, Maryland Senate, U.S. Senate, governor of Maryland and U.S. president.

  • Republican Joseph H. Walker, 76, of 208 W. Irvin Ave. Walker worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years and was the city's purchasing agent in the early 1970s.

City Council candidates are:

  • Incumbent Democrat William M. Breichner, 65, of 1117 Oak Hill Ave. Breichner is seeking his third term on the council. He was city administrator from 1983 to 1986.

  • Democrat Larry A. Vaughn, 54, of 734 W. Franklin St. Vaughn served on the council from 1973 to 1981. His three failed comeback attempts were in 1981, 1985 and 1989.

  • Republican Alfred W. Boyer, 60, of 1142 The Terrace. Boyer, who is retired from Bell Atlantic, serves on the Hagerstown Planning Commission.

  • Incumbent Democrat Lewis C. Metzner, 44, of 322 E. Irvin Ave. Metzner has his own law practice at 103 W. Franklin St. He was appointed to the council in October 1994.

  • Perennial candidate and Democrat Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris, 73, of 1001 Salem Ave. He has run at least twice before for council seats and mayor.

  • Incumbent Republican Susan Saum-Wicklein, 44, of 278 S. Prospect St. Saum-Wicklein is seeking her third term. She is president of Saum's Jewelers and is chairwoman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

  • Republican Paul H. Toothman, 41, of 502 Lynnehaven Drive, Apartment J. Toothman is an inspector with Orkin Exterminating Co. Inc.

  • Democrat Larry W. Craig, 57, of 304 E. Wilson Blvd., who works at Antietam Automotive in the South End Shopping Center. He is the husband of former Washington County Commissioner Linda Irvin-Craig.

  • Republican J. Wallace "Wally" McClure, 45, of 1105 Woodland Way, who owns McClure's Piano Shop and 'Round Town Movers. This will be McClure's second run for a council seat.

The city's new mayor will be paid $28,000 annually. The five new Council members will each get $8,000 a year.

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