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Candidate Miller says county has enough deputies

August 27, 2002

Editor's note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Tomorrow: J. Wallace "Wally" McClure

Millard "Junior" Miller

55

Democrat

Maintenance worker at Hamilton Nissan

18146 Lappans Road, Fairplay

1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Yes. Miller said he believes that cuts made at the administrative level would allow more money to go into the classroom. "They, like everyone else, need to live within their budget," he said.

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2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

No. The Washington County Fire and Rescue Association already receives 40 percent of the profits from tip jar gambling. That money, in addition to money raised through carnivals and other fund-raisers, should be enough to cover the cost of fire and rescue services, he said.

3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

No. "Private enterprise is exactly that. Built, managed and maintained by those who own it," he said. Miller said he believes the Suns have lost attendance because they lost their affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles, not because they need a new stadium.

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where should the money come from?

No. Miller said he does not see a need for new deputies. He observed that the Sheriff's Department had the manpower recently to conduct a seat belt check at Valley Mall. "C'mon now. Let's get real here. Let's get out where there's real problems," he said.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

Miller said he believes growth is the biggest issue. From January to June, the Motor Vehicle Administration processed more than 4,100 address changes for driver's licenses and most were people moving here from Frederick County, Md., he said. Growth brings the need for more housing, larger schools, greater water consumption, congested roads, increased crime rates and less open space, he said.

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