Forum gives city voters one last look

March 10, 2001

Forum gives city voters one last look


More than 30 people on Saturday took advantage of what was the last chance to see almost all of Hagerstown's mayoral and City Council candidates together before the Tuesday primary.

While some voters have already decided who they'll support and used the forum at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to confirm their candidates' positions, others were undecided and looking for the right candidates for whom to vote.

"I formed some opinions today," said John McCune, a Republican. "You can always learn something by talking to the candidates.

"But I still haven't definitely made up my mind yet," McCune said.

"I think it was good to meet the candidates firsthand," said Dale Mueller, a Republican.

Mueller said he was "still weighing" his choices and plans to take what the candidates said Saturday into consideration.

Libby Earley said she already had decided whom to vote for on Tuesday.


"Today was just to verify some points," she said.

Doug Garner, a Hagerstown police officer and Republican, said he "already had an idea" of whom he'll vote for Tuesday.

"I was fairly decided. Now my mind's made up," he said.

The Saturday morning candidate forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Washington County Unit. It was held at the museum in Hagerstown City Park.

The candidates who attended gave brief opening statements, then mingled with the crowd.

Fifteen of the 18 candidates on Tuesday's ballots attended the forum, as did Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. Although he is seeking re-election, Bruchey is not on the primary ballot because he is the only Republican candidate for mayor.

Bruchey is automatically on the May 15 general election ballot.

The candidates in attendance were Democratic mayoral candidates William M. Breichner and Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris; Democratic council candidates Kristin B. Aleshire, N. Linn Hendershot, Ira P. Kauffman Jr., Lewis C. Metzner, Penny May Nigh, Steven T. Sager and Larry A. Vaughn; and Republican council candidates Victoria K. Bodnar, Alfred W. Boyer, Carol N. Moller, Michael E. Nehring, Paul H. Toothman and Steve Zaks.

Republican council candidate Richard G. Everhart did not attend.

Brian E. Coss and John A. Budesky, who will be listed as Democratic council candidates but who have withdrawn from the race, also did not attend.

Coss and Budesky were forced to withdraw from the campaign because of the federal Hatch Act. The act prohibits most government employees who are paid with or oversee the spending of federal dollars from running in partisan elections.

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