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Nelson switches races - now running for commissioners seat

July 16, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Vikki Nelson said she dropped out of the race for state delegate to instead run for Washington County Commissioner because she wants to represent the residents of Washington County only.

When Nelson, 58, filed as a Republican candidate for state delegate, she was in a newly drawn district that had no incumbent delegate, and was entirely in Washington County.

But in June, the Maryland Court of Appeals threw out those district boundaries. When the court released the districts for the coming election, Nelson found herself in a district that stretches from Huyetts Crossroads to Cumberland, Md. Nelson's district also included House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany.

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"I wanted to stay true to myself in representing Washington County. It's where I live and work. ... I think you have to represent an area that you know best, that's your back yard," Nelson said.

If elected commissioner, Nelson said she would work to lower taxes and improve education.

Nelson said she thinks she could find savings in the county budget.

"Some of the highway maintenance things - I don't know what the budget is on that, but sometimes I think they're overdoing it," she said.

Nelson would not be more specific.

She would not give any other examples of possible budget cuts.

Nelson said she would be an "advocate and promoter of vocational (studies)."

Nelson was born in Baltimore, and said she grew up "all over the place," as her father moved around with his job in the Air Force.

Nelson said she lived in Frederick County, Md., for about 20 years before moving to the Clear Spring area in 1990.

Nelson owns Jarnel Iron and Forge Inc. and Jarnel Crane Rental in Hagerstown and has served nearly two terms on the Washington County Republican Central Committee. Nelson resigned from the central committee this week, effectively immediately.

Nelson ran for a state Senate seat four years ago, but lost to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Nelson and her husband, David, have been married 14 years.

She resides at 15634 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring.

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

Commissioners will be paid $30,000 a year.

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

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