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Candidate McClure says growth is biggest issue

August 28, 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: Kurt Redenbo

J. Wallace "Wally" McClure

51

Republican

Owner McClure's Piano Shop and 'Round Town Movers, president of Stellar Van Lines and Renaissance Realty

1105 Woodland Way, Hagerstown

1. Do you think the county gives the school board enough money? Why or why not?

"The County (Commissioners) give the school board as much as they can, and I do believe it's adequate. ... If I'm elected (commissioner), and the Board of Education comes in and says they want more money, I'm going to increase (school funding) based on inflation and the number of additional students at a minimum."

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

"At this time I would probably say no, but it's an area I have to get more actively involved in. ... A lot of these (fire and rescue) companies are not having many (financial) problems like Community Rescue Service." He said he believes the answer at CRS is new management.

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

McClure said the county should not help pay for a new stadium, because then taxpayers could be held responsible for paying off some or all of a loan used to build a stadium. But he said the county should use some of the money received from the county hotel-motel tax to support the baseball team.

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

"I can't answer that question right now. I'd need to be briefed by Sheriff (Charles) Mades."

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

"The biggest issue is the growth issue. ... The amount going on and the amount proposed. Growth is happening faster than you realize. ... Zoning changes are happening at lightning speed. We have to slow down the pace of growth and get a handle on growth.

McClure said growth threatens the county's "legacy of being a farming community with wide-open fields."

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