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City candidates give their views

May 14, 2001

City candidates give their views



Eleven candidates for Hagers-town Mayor and City Council attended a forum at Hagerstown Community College's Valley Mall Training Center on Friday.

Republican council candidate Richard G. Everhart was absent.

Here are a few of their comments:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Republican Robert E. Bruchey II said the mayor's role is one of leadership.

"The mayor of the city of Hagerstown is the leader of the city of Hagerstown. I've been able to sway opinions and get people on the right side of a project," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democrat William M. Breichner said as a retired city employee he would be a full-time mayor.

"The Mayor's advantage is he can be a facilitator. He can bring issues to the table. He has to be someone who can work with the council both one-on-one and with a group."

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democratic Council candidate Kristin B. Aleshire said as planning and zoning officer for Middletown, Md., and Myersville, Md., he knows growth issues.

"I really have a good feel for that movement as it comes toward Hagerstown," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Republican Council candidate Victoria Bodnar said she would like to see the city license landlords in order to improve substandard housing.

"It would put all landlords on an equal playing field," she said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Republican Council candidate Alfred W. Boyer said he hadn't intended on running for a second term but believes his experience can help.

"It kind of gets in your blood," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democratic Council candidate N. Linn Hendershot said he would try to increase citizen involvement in city government.

"We need to be positive about the future of this town. It's contagious if we pull together and try to get people involved," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democratic Council candidate Ira P. Kauffman Jr. said the biggest issue facing the city is its budget, which he wants to cut in order to lower taxes.

"Rising tax rates do not attract businesses or residents," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democratic Council candidate Lewis C. Metzner said he has voted against zoning changes that allowed uncontrolled growth.

"If we don't get a handle on growth we are going to become a Frederick County and a Montgomery County and it's a shame," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Republican Council candidate Carol N. Moller said the HotSpots crime prevention program can't work without the help of more volunteers.

"I think it's going to take neighbors and neighborhoods," she said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Republican Council candidate Michael E. Nehring said he is running to reach out to the people of his generation who have fallen victim to "trendy, jaded cynicism."

"I want to show people the city is important and reach out to the West End, the South End, people who don't feel their voice is heard," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Democratic Council candidate Penny M. Nigh said she's learned by attending council meetings that the city's budget has to grow in order to address problems.

"I can't see any other way but raising taxes. Safety is the main issue. In order to get the town cleaned up, crime and drugs, that's the only way I can see it go."

- Laura Ernde

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