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Wivell will run for House of Delegates seat

March 15, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

Republican William J. Wivell, a Washington County Commissioner, filed Thursday to run for a House of Delegate seat in northern Washington County.

Wivell, 37, a lifelong Smithsburg resident, is an accountant with Allegheny Energy.

The District 2A seat is held by Del. Bob McKee, R-Washington, but new district boundaries drawn by Gov. Parris Glendening put McKee's home in neighboring District 2B.

McKee has said he will run in 2B against Del. Chris Shank, R-Washington.

District 2A stretches from Big Pool to Cascade.

Wivell was elected to the Washington County Commissioners in 1998. As a commissioner he has focused on controlling spending and fighting tax increases, he said. If elected to the House of Delegates, he would continue with that fiscally conservative approach, he said.

Wivell said he believes his county government experience would be an asset in the state legislature. He said he is particularly concerned about how the county is affected by state decisions.

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The primary election is Sept. 10, and the general election is Nov. 5. The filing deadline is July 1.

Three other people have said they intend to run for the seat in 2A.

They are Clear Spring Republican Vikki Nelson, 58, who is on the Republican Central Committee; Clear Spring Republican LeRoy Myers Jr., 50, who runs a commercial contracting business; and Hagerstown Democrat Peter E. Perini Sr., 38, who runs a nursing home management business.

Wivell is on the Water and Sewer Advisory Commission, the Solid Waste Advisory Commission, the Department of Social Services Advisory Board and the PenMar Board of Directors.

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