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Let the contest begin

December 02, 2004

Citizens of Hagerstown should be pleased that months before the March 8 primary, five candidates have filed for city offices. As we have said many times previously, the worst thing for citizens is to have their leaders run unopposed.

One of the challengers, Robert E. Bruchey II, is familiar to many city residents. Bruchey, who served as mayor from 1997 to 2001, is seeking that post again.

The others, all of whom are seeking council seats, include Avery E. Carey, Merrill E. Fuller Jr., Alesia Parson-McBean and Donald L. Souders Jr.

By filing early, the challengers give themselves a chance to familiarize voters with what they stand for - and themselves with how city government works by attending mayor and council meetings.

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The city's mayor gets $28,000 a year, while the council members get $8,000. Those amounts would be generous for a part-time job, but given all the meetings, required reading and the loss of privacy involved, no one we know would do either job for the money alone.

We hope now that the organizations that the community looks to for information about the candidates, such as the League of Women Voters, will schedule one or more candidate forums as soon as possible after the Jan. 21 filing deadline.

It's important to see the candidates in action because campaign brochures can be designed and position papers written for the candidate by others.

It's only on the stage, in front of a live microphone, that voters get a sense of who knows what they're talking about and who is only repeating what others have told them to say.

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