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Six vie for seats on Hancock council

December 28, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

HANCOCK - Six Hancock residents are vying for two open seats on the Hancock Town Council in the Jan. 25 town election.

The candidates are Glorious Sagle, Robert Forshaw, Roy "Randy" Pittman, David D. Smith, William Mills and Jerry L. Ward.

Sagle is an incumbent. The other incumbent, Debra Wheeler, 45, is not seeking re-election.

Also in the election, Mayor Daniel Murphy, 46, is being challenged by Roland Lanehart Sr., 50.

If re-elected to the council, Sagle said she would support continuing work on ongoing town projects, including exploring future water and sewer improvements.

One reason she decided to seek a second term on the council is that she has more free time to devote to the job since she has retired as manager of an Exxon station, she said.

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Forshaw, 58, a correctional officer with the Maryland Division of Corrections, said that he did not think the town needs additional water and sewer improvements, especially if delaying that work is the only way to avoid increases in the water and sewer rates.

He also thinks the town should take a look at whether it is efficient, cost-effective and logical to have a town police department as opposed to contracting with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, he said.

Pittman, 55, owner of Pittman's Liquor Store, said the town has great potential but it needs to be cultivated. The government also needs to do some long-range planning, he said.

"I am just interested in making a difference in the community," he said.

Smith, 29, owner of Diamonds Etc., ran in 1994 but that campaign was not very organized, he said.

He said he thinks the city needs some new officials and new ideas. If elected, he would be attentive to people's needs and to the best interests of the community, he said.

Mills, 27, a cutter at Garden State Tanning, said one of the reasons he is running is because he thinks the council needs some younger members. He wants the town to provide more activities for teenagers and children, he said.

Ward, 27, a lead technician with the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, said he is running because he wants to revitalize the downtown area.

He wants to study the town's water and sewer issues before saying whether he would support paying for improvements, he said.

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