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Redenbo running for Commissioners seat

July 13, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Kurt Redenbo said his frustration with what he sees happening to Washington County prompted him to run for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

"We're overrun with development," which leads to congested roads and overcrowded schools and threatens the rural nature of the county, Redenbo, 42, said.

Redenbo, a Democrat, said he thinks the county government approves too many zoning changes and exceptions, which further development.

Redenbo said he would support spending more money to pay farmers to put farmland preservation easements on their property.

Redenbo said he wants to make the county Planning Commission an elected board. Commission members are now appointed by the County Commissioners.

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Such a change would give citizens more control over who makes decisions about development, Redenbo said.

Redenbo said he would look for savings in the Board of Education budget to find more money for "teachers and books."

Redenbo said Washington County officials should partner with officials from neighboring counties to try to attract new companies to the area.

He also said there is too much secrecy in government, and if elected he would oppose all closed-door meetings except for some personnel discussions.

"I wouldn't want someone to be put on public trial," he said.

This is Redenbo's first run for public office.

Redenbo grew up in Illinois and moved to Washington in the 1980s. He lived in the Washington area until moving to Hagerstown, his wife's hometown, around 1993.

Redenbo lives at 11630 Harp Road, Hagerstown.

He has two sons.

Redenbo is a marketing director for the National Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Washington that helps raise funds for the national park service.

Redenbo 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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