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Possible candidates for the 1998 Washington County Commissioners' race

April 19, 1997

Running

Julianna Albowicz, Democrat. Vice mayor and sewer commissioner for town of Clear Spring.

Leon Seidman, Democrat. Hagerstown businessman. Never ran for elected office before.

Leaning toward running

James R. Wade, Republican. Served on the County Commissioners since 1994.

Bertrand L. Iseminger Jr., Republican. Chairman of the county Planning Commission. Ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990 and 1994.

Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr., Democrat. Mayor of Boonsboro. Ran unsuccessfully for County Commissioner in 1994.

Clint Wiley, Republican. Hagerstown businessman. Never ran for elected office before.

Undecided, but could run

Gregory I. Snook, Republican. President of the County Commissioners and a member of the board since 1990.

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John S. Shank, Republican. A member of the County Commissioners since 1989.

R. Lee Downey, Republican. Serving his fifth four-year term as County Commissioner. First elected in 1974.

William M. Breichner, Democrat. A member of the Hagerstown City Council since 1989.

Vikki Nelson, Republican. Member of the county Republican Central Committee and president the county Republican Women's Club.

Jack W. Wetzel Sr., Republican. Ran unsuccessfully for County Commissioner in 1990.

Ronald F. Phillips, Democrat. Elementary school principal who is retiring this year. Never ran for elected office before.

Paul Swartz, Democrat. Retired pupil personnel worker for county schools who ran unsuccessfully for County Commissioner in 1994.

Stuart L. Mullendore, Republican. Bank executive and former mayor of Boonsboro. Former member of the county Gaming Commission.

Edward Lough, Democrat. Hagerstown businessman and treasurer of the Downtown Assessment District. Never ran for elected office before.

Ralph Wachter, Republican. Former mayor of Hancock.

County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers was away on vacation last week and could not be reached for comment.

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