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Boyer files for council

January 24, 2001

Boyer files for council



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Alfred BoyerHagerstown City Councilman Alfred W. Boyer says he's running for re-election to see the efforts he supports, such as the redeveloped fairgrounds and downtown revitalization, succeed.

For Boyer, downtown revitalization includes plans for a downtown university center, a Civil War museum, Discovery Station, and a proposal to build a new office building on South Potomac Street, all of which he supports.

Boyer, a Republican, said he wants more "upscale" residential development downtown, which he said would make the area more attractive to businesses.

"The city is making strides toward being something. There are a lot of things I've been a part of and I would like to see come to fruition," Boyer said Tuesday.

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"I'm a conservative working as dilligently as I possibly can to make things happen and resist the need for tax increases," he said.

Boyer said he is proud of the improved relationship between the City Council and the Washington County Commissioners. The two elected bodies now meet monthly, whereas a few years ago "they wouldn't even speak to each other," he said.

Boyer has been a strong advocate of past efforts to get a new baseball stadium built in Hagerstown, but said he's not going to make an issue of the stadium at this time.

"First we have to find out what the new owner's intentions are," he said.

Boyer is still a member of the private task force that developed the most recent stadium proposal.

Boyer, 64, moved to Hagerstown in 1970 from the Washington, D.C., area. His election to the City Council four years ago was his first bid for public office.

In 1995, Boyer retired from Bell Atlantic where he was external affairs manager for Western Maryland.

Boyer and his wife, Marcelene, have been married for 45 years and have four adult children.

He resides at 1142 The Terrace.

The filing deadline for city candidates is Friday.

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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