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Everhart running for City Council

January 30, 2001

Everhart running for City Council



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Richard EverhartPresident George W. Bush's Washington County campaign manager and active Republican Party member, Richard G. "Dick" Everhart, is running for Hagerstown City Council.

"I have worked for the Republican Party for a long time and I have seen a lot of things happen. I want to see the city continue to prosper like it should. ... I decided I wanted to get involved," said Everhart, 58.

The planned University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center is an important project for Hagerstown, he said.

To help make the center a success, Everhart says the state should fund a $4.4 million proposal to widen alleys and add parking around the planned site of the center on the first block of West Washington Street. The proposal was developed and is being promoted by the Greater Hagerstown Committee.

The redevelopment of the city fairgrounds into an outdoor recreation center is another project Everhart supports.

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He said he's anxious to find out what the new owner of the Hagerstown Suns plans to do with the team. He said he supports renovations to the existing Municipal Stadium, but does not support city funding for a new stadium.

Everhart said, "we pay enough taxes," and he would like to keep the city tax rate steady. He said the city could improve the tax base by hiring a recruiter to bring new businesses to the city.

He said the city should continue to improve the relationship with Washington County, state and federal officials.

He promised to work hard if elected to the council.

"I dedicate myself to doing the best job I can do and I'll dedicate myself to this job," he said.

Everhart is a member of the Washington County Republican Central Committee and chairs the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. He is a member of the Washington County Republican Club and the Alsatia Club.

Everhart recently resigned from the Washington County Parks and Recreation Department, where he was a parks technician. He said he's starting another job soon, but said it's too early to say who his new employer will be.

Born and raised in Hagerstown, he graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1960. He resides at 30 Richmond St. This is his first run for a government office.

The city primary election is March 13. The general election is May 15.

Council members are paid $8,000 a year.

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