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Toothman files for commissioners race

May 14, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

As one conservative voice plans to leave the Washington County Board of Commissioners, another, Paul H. Toothman, wants to take his place.

Toothman, 47, a Republican, filed for the race Friday.

"It appears we are losing one good conservative person with Bill Wivell," Toothman said.

If elected, Toothman said he will make sure a conservative voter remains on the board.

Wivell has filed to run for a House of Delegates seat in northern Washington County.

All five commissioners seats will be on the ballot this year. Only Commissioner Paul L. Swartz has filed for re-election.

Toothman is an agent with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation. He has lived in Hagerstown since 1990.

Toothman said he is not running because of any particular issue.

"I just like being involved with local politics," he said. "I think I can make a difference. I can bring some logic and common sense to the commissioners. ... I have got the drive to get things done."

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For a few years, Washington County was going in the wrong direction as the Sanitary Commission spent more than it needed to on water and sewer projects, but the county has been doing better for the last four years, Toothman said.

If elected, he would like to find a way to increase funding to the Washington County Board of Education while decreasing administrative spending.

Toothman is a member of the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

He ran unsuccessfully for Hagerstown City Council in 1997 and 2001.

Toothman was born and raised in Florida. He was in the U.S Air Force for 12 years, until 1989. He moved here from Arkansas in 1990.

He received a degree in social sciences from Frostburg State University in 1995, and a political science degree from FSU in 1996.

Toothman will run against Jamie Trujillo, a correctional officer at Roxbury Correctional Institute, in the Sept. 10 Republican primary election.

Swartz and Millard "Junior" Miller Jr., both Democrats, have also filed for the race. Miller, a retired correctional officer, will be listed as Junior Miller on the ballot.

The general election is Nov. 5.

The commissioners position will pay $30,000 a year.

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