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Aleshire would donate salary

January 30, 2001

Aleshire would donate salary



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Hagerstown City Council candidate Kristin B. Aleshire has promised that if elected he will give away his $8,000-a-year council salary.

Aleshire, a Democrat, said he would probably use the money to give scholarships to city residents attending colleges in Washington County.

"I just don't think it's right for me to take it. ... That's just how I feel," Aleshire said Monday.

"I would rather return that money to the taxpayers in some form. ... My reward will come from the things I do that benefit the community. I see being part of council as an obligation. It's to give something back to the community," he said.

Aleshire, 25, said he makes about $30,000 a year as a planner for the Frederick County, Md., towns of Myersville and Middletown.

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"I'm the youngest and probably least financially stable of those running (for council). But with 17 people filing to get into one of those seats I'm not about to be paid for it," he said.

Aleshire said he wouldn't try to get rid of council salaries if elected, and "I'm not saying it's right for every council member."

"It just doesn't feel right to me," he said.

Aleshire is one of nine Democrats running in the March 13 primary. The top five vote-getters will move on to the May 15 general election.

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