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Zaks running for Hagerstown Council

January 20, 2001

Zaks running for Hagerstown Council



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


Steve Zaks has served on the Hagerstown Planning Commission and now he would like to join the Hagerstown City Council.

Zaks, 49, of 648 Sunset Ave., filed Friday to run for what would be his first elected office.

Zaks said he decided to run because he is concerned about the city's future and feels he can make a difference.

"I just feel the city is probably at an important crossroads right now," he said.

There is a proposal to close Winter Street Elementary School, one of the city's neighborhood schools.

"I don't think that's fair," he said.

He said there are some exciting projects planned for downtown, including the demolition of three buildings across from the Maryland Theatre to make way for a new office building and underground parking garage.

Developer Marc Silverman has run into some delays because of historic preservation concerns, but Zaks believes the project would be good for the city. "I think he might be doing us a favor," he said.

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The city should encourage more people of all income levels to live downtown, Zaks said. Tax incentives might encourage entrepreneurs to make investments, he said.

"I'm for traditional values with fresh thoughts," said Zaks, who is a Republican.

Zaks, who has lived in Hagerstown since the early 1990s, was appointed to the Planning Commission about two years ago.

He has served on the board of directors for the Washington County Boys and Girls Club for the past six years.

Born and raised in LaVale, Md., Zaks graduated from the University of Maryland's College of Journalism in 1973.

After graduation, he worked in the university's alumni office, sports information office and physical plant.

Later, he worked in operations and marketing for the airline business. He has owned several of his own businesses.

Currently, he owns a franchise of The Entrepreneur's Source, which counsels people on owning their own businesses.

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

Council members are paid $8,000 a year.

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