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Slate to run in city race

January 18, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Six people will announce today that they're running as a slate of candidates who hope to oust the current administration in the City of Hagerstown's May elections, candidates and others involved with the effort said Monday.

Also officially joining the race as of last Friday are two members of the current administration, Mayor William M. Breichner and Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire.

The group of candidates to announce their candidacies today are all running as Republicans, and either have been members of community boards or own businesses and some are in both categories.

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Aleshire and Breichner both filed as Democrats.

Richard Trump, 59, of 1415 Lindsay Lane, said he will run for mayor as part of the slate to be announced today.

On the same slate, five are running for council: Ruth Anne Callaham, of 1317 Lindsay Lane; the Rev. Haru Carter; Scott Hesse, of 400 Park Lane; Dan Kennedy, of 202 S. Prospect St.; and Torrence "Tory" VanReenen, of 235 E. Irvin Ave.

Trump is a local publisher. Callaham is the executive director of a food charity. Carter is the pastor of Zion Baptist Church. Hesse is the owner of a Hagerstown computer company. Kennedy and his wife, Pam, own an antiques furniture store. VanReenen is a private accountant.

A political action committee, Friends of Hagerstown, has established itself as a group to raise money for the slate of candidates, said Alfred Boyer, a city resident who is the chairman of the group.

Boyer said a committee of people, some business leaders, including himself, A. Arthur Callaham, Corey Stottlemyer and James Latimer discussed the idea of putting a slate of candidates together to run for office.

Arthur Callaham is Ruth Anne Callaham's husband and is the executive director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee. Corey Stottlemyer is an assistant to Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Allegany/Washington.

Latimer was a former executive with Allegheny Energy and has recently involved himself as a supporter of Washington County Hospital's proposed move to a site near Robinwood Medical Center.

Boyer said he remembers the first discussion he had with anyone about the idea as being about two months ago.

Candidates reached Monday said they would not release any specific policy statements today.

Boyer said he was not speaking for the candidates but he personally was interested in seeing "a more business-friendly council" and one that is more in favor "of future development in our community."

Boyer said Friends of Hagerstown has raised between $7,500 and $7,600.

The group of candidates is to appear at an invitation-only dinner Wednesday night at Nick's Airport Inn. Boyer declined a request for a reporter to attend.

Other Democrats who have filed for council are Councilman Lewis C. Metzner, Alesia Parson-McBean and Donald Souders Jr. Other Republicans who have filed for council are Avery Carey and Merrill "E.J." Fuller Jr.

Former Mayor Robert Bruchey and newcomer Anthony Campello have filed as Republicans to run for the mayor's office.

Councilwomen Carol N. Moller and Penny M. Nigh said Monday they had not decided if they would run.

The deadline to file as a candidate for mayor or council is Friday. The primary election is March 8. The general election is May 17.

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