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Trujillo files forcommission

April 05, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Albino J. Trujillo of Keedysville has filed to run in the upcoming election for one of the five seats up for grabs on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Trujillo, a Republican, ran for commissioner in the 1998 GOP primary, but the 1,185 votes he received were not enough for him to advance to the general election.

Trujillo, 56, works as a correctional officer at Roxbury Correctional Institution at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown. He has lived in Keedysville since 1991.

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He said he believes the commissioners need to do a better job of making education and public safety their top priorities.

The commissioners say they are dedicated to the Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, but when the two groups present their annual budgets the commissioners say the amount is too high, Trujillo said.

"Instead of working together, they have become combatants," he said.

The commissioners should meet with the School Board and the Sheriff's Department during the year to see how much money they need and find a way to provide it, Trujillo said. The budget requests should not be surprises, he said.

The county needs to work with the City of Hagerstown to find ways to adjust to the reduction of foot traffic in downtown Hagerstown and stores that have left the area, he said.

The governments should not wait until the University of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center opens and brings employees and students to the area before finding ways to fill empty storefronts, he said.

The first classes at the education center are scheduled to be held in January 2004.

Trujillo attended California State University at Long Beach, where he served as treasurer of his class. He also attended Prince George's Community College in Landover, Md.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. From June 1966 to May 1967, he served at Chu Lai and Da Nang in Vietnam.

He now is a staff sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Trujillo is a member of the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America.

He's operated his own martial arts school in Clinton, Md., worked at a paper warehouse in Commerce, Calif., and worked as a voucher officer verifying contracts in the Financial Management Division of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington, D.C.

The only other person who has filed to run for a seat on the county commission is incumbent Paul L. Swartz, a Democrat.

Commissioner William J. Wivell has announced he will run for a House of Delegates seat in northern Washington County.

The primary election is Sept. 10, and the general election is Nov. 5. The filing deadline for the primary is July 8, Washington County Election Board Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

The job pays $20,000 a year.

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