Clint Wiley of Hagerstown announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for Washington County Commissioner.
Wiley said in an interview that his campaign will focus on improving education, cutting taxes and bureaucracy and fighting crime.
Wiley, 28, owns New Frontiers Internet Services, which now has about 1,000 customers in Washington and Frederick counties.
Wiley said he favors rolling back the commissioners' 10-cent 1997 property tax increase.
The expected $4 million county budget surplus this year proves that the $2.5 million tax increase wasn't necessary, he said.
Wiley said he opposes creation of a special taxing district for the Hopewell Valley area targeted for industrial growth.
Wiley said he would work to end the bickering between the Washington County Board of Education and the commissioners.
"Our economy is going to shrivel up and die or prosper with our school system," he said.
Wiley said the county must provide competitive starting salaries and convert teachers' salaries to a merit-pay system.