Four newcomers, ex-mayor file to run for city positions

December 01, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Three newcomers to local politics and a former mayor have officially filed to run for seats in the upcoming City of Hagerstown elections, joining another newcomer who filed in September.

None of the incumbent elected officials has filed to run again in next spring's elections, although none has yet ruled it out.

The deadline to file to run in the city elections is Jan. 21. The primary election is March 8. The general election is May 17.


All six of the city's elected positions are up for grabs, including the mayoral post and five council seats.

The candidates who recently filed include:

· Robert E. Bruchey II, of 905 Woodland Way. He will run for mayor and is listed as a Republican. Bruchey was the city's mayor from 1997 to 2001.

· Avery E. Carey, of 438 Park Place. Carey is running for City Council and is listed as a Republican.

· Merrill E. Fuller Jr., of 126 W. Bethel St. Fuller is running for City Council and is listed as a Republican.

· Alesia Parson-McBean, of 130 W. North Ave. Parson is running for City Council and is listed as a Democrat. She is a community columnist for The Daily Mail.

Those candidates join Donald L. Souders Jr., of 1057 Georgia Ave., who filed in September to run for a seat on the council. He is listed as a Democrat.

Of those who have filed their candidacies with the City Clerk's Office, only Bruchey and Souders have filed information with the Washington County Board of Elections.

Elections board administrative assistant Sherrie Bonebrake said Souders has filed a report for limited spending, which means he does not expect to spend more than $1,000 on his campaign and will not have to file campaign finance reports with the elections board.

Bruchey has not filed any paperwork indicating spending limits, Bonebrake said.

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