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editorial - both - 3/1/01

February 28, 2001

City voters still have a chance to hear the candidates in action



The Hagerstown city election primary is less than two weeks from now, on Tuesday, March 13. There are three candidates running for mayor and despite some withdrawals, more than a dozen seeking seats on the council.

But if you haven't gotten to know who's running, you still have a chance to hear some of the candidates in action, both before the primary, courtesy of WHAG radio (1410-AM) and the Washington County chapter of the League of Women Voters.

The pre-primary radio interviews will be held at 4 p.m. from March 1 through March 10. Host Will Kauffman says that not all candidates have scheduled sessions yet, but the ones who have include:

- Thursday, March 1 at 4:40 p.m. - Dick Everhart.

- Friday, March 2 at 4:05 p.m., Al Boyer, followed by Linn Hendershot at 4:20 p.m. and Paul Toothman at 4:40 p.m.

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- Monday, March 5 at 4:40 p.m. - Kristin Aleshire.

- Tuesday, March 6 at 4:05 p.m., Carol Moller, followed by Mike Nehring at 4:20 p.m. and Vicki Bodnar at 4:40 p.m.

- Thursday, March 8 at 4:05 p.m., Bill Breichner, followed by Lew Metzner at 4:20 p.m. and Eugene "Buddie" Morris at 4:40 p.m..

- Friday, March 9 at 4:05 p.m., Larry Vaughn, followed by Ira Kauffman at 4:20 p.m. and and Steve Zaks at 4:40 p.m..

Washington County League of Women Voters' events include:

- On Saturday, March 10, the league will hold a "meet the candidates" session at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown's City Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

- On Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m., the league and Hagerstown Commmunity College Professor Spring Ward's government and politics class will hold a candidate forum at HCC's Valley Mall campus.

We hope all city residents will take advantage of these opportunities to listen to the candidates. We would also like to see the League of Women Voters begin talking with Antietam Cable TV about televising at least one city candidates' forum on their public-access channel.

Some citizens, especially those with small children, find it difficult to attend such events. But that doesn't mean that they're not interested. It's time for someone to go beyond saying "wouldn't that be nice" and start making arrangements - including fund-raising, if necessary - to give every Hagerstown household the opportunity to see and hear the candidates in action.

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