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Brown is forming positions on issues

July 12, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Jim Brown said he knows Washington County, and is in the process of figuring out what his goals would be if elected to the Washington County Commissioners.

Brown, a Democrat best known as the former men's basketball coach at Hagerstown Community College, would not say exactly what he hopes to do if elected. But Brown said Thursday that he will share his positions on issues "long before" the election.

"I will not come out with positions until I talk to the citizens. I'm developing advisory committees," Brown said.

Brown, 65, said he also plans to review current county projects, but he would not say which ones.

"I will be reviewing projects to decide whether they need to be advanced, revamped or discarded. After that process, then I will prioritize those projects," Brown said.

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If elected, Brown said he would push for funding for his "high-priority goals and projects."

"For example, if we want to establish a world-class educational system, then that's where we put the money," Brown said.

If elected, it would not be Brown's first time on an elected board.

Brown was appointed to the Williamsport Town Council in 1968, and spent two years on the council.

Brown grew up in Williamsport, graduated from Williamsport High School in 1955, and graduated from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1959.

After college, Brown taught physical education and history at Hancock High School, where he also coached basketball and baseball, and was the assistant football coach.

Brown also taught and/or coached at North Hagerstown High School and Springfield Middle School before taking a job at what was then Hagerstown Junior College.

He was the men's basketball coach at the college for 24 years, and athletic director for 19 years.

Brown also was a lead proponent of Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC), and was the first director of the facility.

Brown retired at the end of June and said he now has the time to be a full-time commissioner.

Over the years, Brown said he helped convince the county government to create a recreation department. He also has served on the county's parks and recreation boards, and on a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce stadium task force.

Brown and his wife, Sharon, have been married 43 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Brown is one of 21 candidates - eight Democrats and 13 Republicans - running for the five commissioner seats.

Commissioners will be paid $30,000 a year.

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