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Craig files for City Council

January 29, 1997


Staff Writer

Democrat Larry W. Craig said he's always been interested in politics.

The political newcomer said running for one of the five Hagerstown City Council seats up for grabs in the May 20 general election seemed like a good place to start.

Craig, 57, of 304 E. Wilson Blvd., has had plenty of exposure to politics through his wife, Linda Irvin-Craig, who was a Washington County Commissioner from 1986 until 1994. They were married in 1990.

The Hagerstown native said he is concerned about the downtown area, the city's $9.96 million debt to the Maryland State Retirement Agency and the effect of 1st Urban Fiber's paper recycling plant on the nearby residential neighborhood.


While Craig initially didn't approve of the city purchasing downtown properties to redevelop, he said he does now.

Someone has to do it if the private sector won't, he said.

But Craig said he wants to see the city do something with the buildings it already has purchased before buying additional properties.

While it's tough to figure out who's to blame for the city's pension debt, Craig said he wants to look further into that.

"Apparently, somebody dropped the ball," he said.

Craig said he had not been in favor of locating 1st Urban Fiber's paper recycling plant at the corner of Memorial and Eastern boulevards, near a residential neighborhood.

Since that was done, however, company officials must stick to their promise that there will be no unpleasant odors from the plant, he said. Craig said he has smelled an odor that is similar to "rotten eggs" while at his East Wilson Boulevard home.

Craig also said he is concerned about the future of Municipal Stadium and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

He said he was concerned about whether the city should put a lot of money into a new stadium for the Hagerstown Suns when the city already has invested a lot of money in Municipal Stadium.

Concerning development of the fairgrounds, Craig said he would prefer recreational and entertainment uses, but also would consider housing.

Craig is co-founder of Washington County Crime Solvers and Children's Village of Washington County.

A 1957 graduate of Hagerstown High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and was in the reserves until 1973, he said.

He works for Antietam Automotive in the South End Shopping Center. He earlier was security director for Protection Technology Inc. Craig said he was self-employed for 25 years, running a beauty salon and distributorship for hair care products and hair replacement.

Craig said he has two grown children from a previous marriage and two stepchildren.

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