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City election draws near

October 09, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

While the presidential election is scheduled for Nov. 2, the race for seats in the City of Hagerstown is just around the corner.

All five Hagerstown City Council seats and the mayor's seat will be up for election on May 17, but there are several deadlines voters and candidates must meet before then. The terms of elected officials run four years.

So far, only one person - Donald L. Souders Jr., of High Street - has filed as a candidate for the City Council. No current council members formally have announced their intent to run, and three council members contacted Friday - Kristin B. Aleshire, Carol N. Moller and Penny M. Nigh - said they haven't decided yet if they will run for re-election.

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Mayor William M. Breichner also said he has not yet decided if he will run, although one person has said he plans to challenge Breichner if he runs again.

Former Hagerstown mayor Robert Bruchey said Friday he still intends to file as a mayoral candidate. He first mentioned his intent to do so in March.

Filing and registration deadlines begin in January. Only people who live in the city may run for city elected offices or vote in the city elections.

· Candidates must file by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21.

· To vote in the city primary election, voters must register by 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.

· The primary election is March 8.

· To vote in the city's general election, voters must register by 9 p.m. on Monday, April 18.

· The city's general election is May 17.

n· The new administration takes office May 30.

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