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Rowe files for County Commissioner

July 11, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Ron Rowe hopes to bring his experience as a small business owner and employee of a large company to Washington County government.

Rowe, 59, said he is running for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners because he believes his concerns, "taxes, education and growth," are the issues that concern many people.

A Republican and lifelong resident of Washington County, Rowe is a maintenance supervisor at Mack Trucks. He has worked at Mack for 35 years and plans to retire at the end of December.

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Rowe and his wife also own the Hickory Corner restaurant on Virginia Avenue in Halfway.

"I have an understanding of working people and what small employers have to deal with," he said.

Rowe, who has a son who is a teacher, said teachers should be paid more.

He said teacher raises would not have to be paid for with a tax increase. Instead, Rowe said he believes savings could be found in the county government and the school system. He said he did not know specifically where the savings would come from.

Rowe said development and growth "is coming our way and we have growth now."

Rowe, who lives on 75 acres near Williamsport, said he likes "living in the country."

But he said preserving the rural nature of parts of the county could be difficult.

If a property owner has a lot of land and the government says they cannot sell it for development, "you could be taking away their retirement," he said. "It has to be regulated, but increasing the acres per (housing) unit could be disadvantageous."

He said even if he is not elected, he would like to become involved in government, possibly by volunteering for committees.

Rowe resides on Pinesburg Road between Williamsport and Clear Spring, about a half-mile from where he grew up. He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1961, and from Shepherd College in 1990.

Rowe and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 37 years, and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

This is Rowe's first run for public office.

Rowe is one of 21 candidates - 13 Republicans and eight Democrats - running for the five County Commissioner seats.

The primary is Sept. 10, and the general election is Nov. 5.

Commissioners will be paid $30,000 a year.

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