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City voters go to polls

May 15, 2001

City voters go to polls



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown voters go to the polls today to choose a mayor and City Council for the next four years.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The race for mayor has come down to two candidates with experience in City Hall. Republican Robert E. Bruchey II, the incumbent mayor, faces Democrat William M. Breichner, a City Council member since 1989.

Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris has filed as a write-in mayoral candidate. Morris' name will not be on the ballot but his name and write-in status will be posted in the polling places. Morris lost to Breichner in the Democratic primary election in March.

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The candidates vying for the five seats on the City Council are Democrats Kristin B. Aleshire, N. Linn Hendershot, Ira P. Kauffman Jr., Lewis C. Metzner, and Penny May Nigh, and Republicans Victoria K. Bodnar, Alfred W. Boyer, Richard G. Everhart, Carol N. Moller, and Michael E. Nehring.

The top five votegetters in the council election, and the winner of the mayor's race, will be sworn in May 28.

Complete but unofficial election results, not including absentee ballots, are expected to be available tonight. Absentee ballots are scheduled to be counted Thursday. The Election Board issued 115 absentee ballots for the election. As of Friday, 81 absentee ballots had been returned.

According to Washington County Election Board figures, 18,264 city residents are registered to vote in the election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, are eligible to vote in the election.

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