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Council candidate Q&A - Nehring

May 11, 2001

Council candidate Q&A - Nehring



* Republican council candidate


Michael Nehring, 31, 606 Potomac Ave., lawyer specializing in divorce and domestic cases

Q: What are your qualifications to serve as a City Council member?


A: It is absolutely vital that all three branches of local government work together to accomplish our goals over the next four years. I have been a local attorney since 1994, and know how important it is for our judicial branch, legislative and executive to function in unison and cooperate. Additionally, the City Council benefits from a diversity of opinion and diversity of viewpoint. I believe that I can add my voice to that of the other Council members to advance the dialogue of our city and bring the voices of all corners of our city to the table.

Q: Is there a crime problem in Hagerstown? If so, what is it and what should be done to address it?


A: There is a crime problem in our city. Our citizens feel it, and the nature of the problem is that it must be addressed before we can move on to other concerns. We have a terrific police chief and he has brought positive change to our city, but our work is not done. I have always been a supporter of increased foot patrol/bike patrol in the city, to improve our security. I have also said that as we expect more from our police, we need to be prepared to give more to our police, with added manpower and resources.

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Q: Should the city be involved in assisting with homeownership? Why or why not, and if so, how?


A: The city benefits from homeownership. People take pride in homeownership, and that pride reflects itself in improved communities, both aesthetic and practical. While it is not government's role to guarantee success, it is a function of government, especially at the local level, to remove, where possible, the obstacles to success. To that end, we must be prepared to adopt policies that do not discourage homeownership in our city, both downtown and in our city's four corners. Therefore, I would pledge to make homeownership a factor in my decision making and my governance.

Q: Should there be a referendum on city funding for a new or significantly renovated minor league baseball stadium? Why or why not?


A: When I announced my candidacy for City Council, people came up to me on the street to ask my positions on various issues. Without exception, the issue that was first on everyone's lips was the stadium. I believe that this issue is still foremost on people's minds. I therefore think it is urgent that we hold a referendum to gauge people's thoughts on this issue. I have always taken a pro-stadium stance, and will continue to do so, but I would value greatly the opportunity to know the people's mind.

Q: How will you ensure that city services - such as police and fire protection - will continue at a reasonable rate to taxpayers?


A: Security must always be our first priority. If people do not feel safe, we cannot accomplish any other goals. Therefore, making police and fire protection available to all of our citizens is Job One. My immediate priority will always be the health and safety of the people of this city, before any other goal is met. These are necessities. Once we take care of the necessities, the luxuries will take care of themselves.

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