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Councilman says delegate should attend public events

February 18, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire criticized state Del. John P. Donoghue during a public work session Tuesday night, saying he is not available at public events.

Donoghue, D-Washington, was not present during the Hagerstown City Council meeting Tuesday, and could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Aleshire said during a public comment segment of the council meeting that he had not seen Donoghue during at least two public functions that he believed Donoghue should have attended, including a REACH cold-weather shelter event last weekend and a legislative update for city officials in December.

"He's the most direct representative of this area," Aleshire said during the meeting. "As a citizen, I expect to see that representation on a more regular basis that what I've seen."

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Asked to clarify his comments after the meeting, Aleshire said Donoghue isn't the only one he'd like to see more of - "It's almost a given" not to see Sen. Alex X. Mooney at local events - but while he could be too busy this time of year, Donoghue is especially important for Hagerstown residents, he said.

"I have complete respect for him (Donoghue), but it gets a little frustrating, ..." Aleshire said. "We need to hear where he stands and what he does to fight for those Hagerstown issues."

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