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McClure won't support new stadium

July 12, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

If you're looking for a new stadium for the Hagerstown Suns, then Washington County Commissioner candidate J. Wallace McClure isn't your man.

McClure, 51, said he doesn't think the county needs a new stadium.

"If there are that many people who want a new stadium, don't vote me in," McClure, a Republican, said.

McClure said the public should be able to decide the fate of the stadium through a referendum, and that he was responsible for thwarting the stadium project two years ago by asking that a public stadium summit be held to discuss the details of the project.

He said that's when plans for a new stadium under the Suns' former owners began to crumble.

"Most people in this county do not want a new stadium," McClure said. "I would make sure their voice is heard again ... That's something the government does not have to spend money on."

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McClure, who served on the Hagerstown City Council from 1997-2001, said he decided to run for commissioner when he heard that Republican Commissioner William Wivell had decided to enter the state delegate race.

Wivell has since dropped out of the state race and is running for re-election for commissioner.

McClure, who said he supports Wivell, thinks the Board of County Commissioners could use more fiscal conservatives such as Wivell and himself.

"I would like to see a very fiscally conservative coalition," McClure said.

One way to tighten the belt on expenses, McClure said, is to tighten the belt on the Washington County Board of Education.

"That's a constant problem to the taxpayers and the commissioners," McClure said. "Every year, they come with a pie-in-the-sky budget that is not achievable."

McClure said he'd support increasing the School Board's budget based on inflation and the number of new students who enroll annually.

"That's where I'd hold the line," he said. "If you have new programs, that's fine, then drop some of the old ones. If they want to start giving high raises ... find ways to get people to retire. I'm not going to support a pie-in-the-sky budget."

McClure also said he supports controlling growth so that it doesn't overload the county's infrastructure and would consider impact fees on developers so taxpayers would not be burdened with increased costs as a result of development.

McClure lives at 1105 Woodland Way. He is married to Barbara, and they have three children, Nathan, 25, Brian 23, and Melody, 21.

McClure owns four businesses: McClure's Piano Shop, 'Round Town Movers, Stellar Van Lines and Renaissance Realty LLC.

McClure will be running against 12 other Republicans in the Sept. 10 primary election. Eight Democrats are also running. All five county commissioner seats are open.

The general election is Nov. 5.

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