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Hornbarger files for County Commissioner

July 09, 1998|By SHEILA HOTCHKIN

Hoping to cut spending and respond to the needs of constituents, Hagerstown resident William M. Hornbarger II filed to run for Washington County Commissioner.

"As I read the paper, I think, 'Something should be done differently here,'" he said.

Hornbarger, who is 28, said his age might make some people nervous about voting for him.

"They figure a younger person hasn't been out in the world enough to really be established or make decisions," he said.

But he said he could be more effective than the current commissioners.

"They obviously haven't done any better than what I feel I can do," said Hornbarger, who is running as a Republican.

Hornbarger would like to see spending cut and hopes that something could be done to lower the county's piggyback income tax, which is 50 percent of the state income tax.

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It is important for the commissioners to be strong supporters of education, he said, arguing that without a well-educated public, "we're not going to get the high-paying jobs everyone's asking for."

He said he would like to help the county's retirees, possibly considering tax breaks for them, "so they can enjoy what's supposed to be their golden years."

Although he has no background in politics, Hornbarger said he feels he is a lot like the people he would represent, which he hopes would help him to understand them better.

"Most of the people in the county are working class, middle income," he said. "I consider myself middle income."

Someday, he would like to become a state legislator, but he thought it would be better to start on the county level, "with not really having a name for myself yet."

Hornbarger was born in Hagerstown and has always lived in Washington County. He attended North Hagerstown High School, and received a two-year degree in general studies from Hagerstown Junior College.

He was self-employed for four years as a home improvement contractor before going to Roadway Express, where he is a supervisor.

He is married and has a 6-year-old son.

Twenty-nine candidates have filed for the five-member board, including 14 Republicans, 14 Democrats and one Independent.

The top five-vote getters from each party in the Sept. 15 primary, and the Independent candidate, will square off in the Nov. 3 general election.

The job pays $20,000 a year.

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