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Mayor launches re-election bid

January 13, 2001

Mayor launches re-election bid

By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Standing with his wife and sons before about 50 supporters Saturday afternoon, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II launched his campaign for re-election.

In a brief speech, Bruchey said economic development, public safety and improving relationships with other government officials would continue to be important to him.

Bruchey, 42, said the city should have an employee who recruits businesses to come to Hagerstown. He also said the city must continue to grow through annexation.

"If we confine ourselves to the current boundaries we will die a slow death," said Bruchey, adding that he was proud of the annexation of almost 400 acres west of Interstate 81, which now includes the new Centre at Hagerstown.

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Bruchey said a new business recruiter would be "someone who will research which companies are expanding and go recruit them."

He said the recruiter could be someone already employed by the city, or "it could entail hiring a new person."

"Public safety, without saying it, is the No. 1 priority," Bruchey said.

He said the city has a "fantastic police chief" in Arthur Smith, who attended Bruchey's announcement. Bruchey said that since he took office nine officers have been added to the police department, increasing the number of positions in the department to 101.

Bruchey said there is a need to continue to improve relationships with county, state and federal officials, who must work together on Hagerstown projects.

"There are a lot of things left undone," he said, such as a proposed Civil War museum and a planned interactive science center called Discovery Station.

Bruchey said he hopes the state will provide $4.4 million for a proposal to widen alleys and increase parking around a planned state university center downtown.

Among those attending Bruchey's announcement held at Richardson's Restaurant on Dual Highway in Hagerstown were Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, Commissioner Paul L. Swartz and Hagerstown City Councilman J. Wallace McClure.

Bruchey, a Republican, is nearing the end of his first term, which began in May 1997.

He lives at 905 Woodland Way.

The filing deadline to run in the 2001 city election is Jan. 26.

As of Friday afternoon, Bruchey was the only mayoral candidate filed with the Washington County Election Board.

The city primary election is March 13, and the general election is May 15.

Hagerstown's mayor is paid $28,000 a year.

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