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Metzner to run again without money

January 10, 2001

Metzner to run again without money



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Elections and politics would be better off without money, according to Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner, so he is pledging to accept and spend no funds in his bid for re-election.

"Money has gotten so obscene in politics. I find it much more tasteful without money," said Metzner, who said he also spent no money during his 1997 council campaign.

"It will never be an issue of me being beholden to anyone. And in a municipal election held like this, the people coming to vote know where the candidates stand. They are not swayed by signs or bumper stickers," he said.

Metzner, 48, filed Wednesday as a Democratic candidate for City Council.

"I have seven years worth of a record for people to accept or reject," he said. "I hope people find the last seven years productive and progressive."

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Metzner said he's proud of the improvements to the city fairgrounds and downtown, which he has supported.

The 68-acre fairgrounds is being turned into an outdoor recreational center with walking trails and athletic fields.

An improved and larger Central Parking Lot in downtown was unveiled in November.

Metzner also pointed out that the City Council and Washington County Commissioners have a good working relationship now.

Metzner favors a city subsidy for Community Rescue Service, the financially troubled private ambulance company serving Hagerstown and the surrounding area.

Metzner said ambulance service is an issue the county government should address. But if the county isn't going to provide enough money then the city should, even if it means raising taxes, he said.

"Ambulance service is a public safety issue and a government responsibility," Metzner said.

Metzner said he favors hiring a lobbyist to push for state funding for city projects.

"We can't put it all on the delegation's back," he said. "They made it clear that they can't lobby for us. ... We need to bear the responsibility, not them, for bringing back the pork."

Metzner came onto the council in October 1994, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy left by current Washington County Commissioner John L. Schnebly. Schnebly resigned from the City Council when he moved out of the city.

Metzner was born and raised in Hagerstown and graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1970.

He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1974, and from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1977. Metzner is a divorce and criminal defense attorney.

He and his wife of 20 years, Sharon, live at 322 E. Irvin Ave. He has a 24-year-old stepson who lives in Colorado.

Metzner was the fourth candidate to file for election to the City Council.

The other candidates, who are also Democrats, are Kristin B. Aleshire, former City Councilmen Ira P. Kauffman Jr. and Larry Vaughn.

The candidate filing deadline is Jan. 26. The city primary election is March 13 and the general election is May 15.

Council members are paid $8,000 a year.

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