Trump aims to be spokesman for the city

February 01, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Businessman Richard F. Trump has spent much of his life trying to convince people they should buy a product that is not yet popular.

Those products soon became either household names or part of people's day-to-day lives.

Trump, a Republican, is running for mayor of Hagerstown.

"I love Hagerstown," Trump said. "It's a great town. It's a great place to live and it's a great place to have a family."

Trump, 59, of 1415 Lindsay Lane, moved to Hagerstown in 1964 when his father was relocated from New Jersey by his employer, Mack Trucks Inc.


Trump's wife of 40 years, Roxanna Trump, died in December. Trump's two sons are Rob and Brad.

Trump graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1969, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Shortly afterward, he went to work for a company with a fledgling product, a copier.

Trump worked for Xerox Corp. for four years. He still remembers the names of copiers he sold.

"Nobody had copiers back then," Trump said. Even lawyers, who generate large amounts of paperwork, were wary of the new technology.

"You had to sell them on productivity ... (and that) people's time actually had value," Trump said.

For 17 years, Trump sold mobile homes and travel trailers with Fleetwood Enterprises at its Hancock location and others around the country.

In about 1989, Trump began his own business, which now is MMGI Publications. MMGI prints and distributes several real estate advertising publications.

MMGI also prints Hagerstown Magazine, a glossy magazine that focuses on promoting the city. It hit stands in September.

Trump is on the executive board of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on the executive board of the Greater Hagerstown Committee and is a member of the city Board of Zoning Appeals.

Trump said he sees the mayor's job as becoming "the cheerleader and the spokesman for the city. ... You understand the issues, you build the relationships and ... (help) people achieve their goals."

He said he thinks the city would benefit from his leadership as mayor.

One thing Trump said he would like to see is "one-stop shopping" for businesses wishing to locate into the city. He said that could be done by better support of the city's community development corporation - Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. - and by building better relations between the city and businesses.

The other official candidates for mayor are Charlie Baker, William M. Breichner and Robert E. Bruchey II.

The primary election is March 8. The general election is May 17.

The mayor's annual salary is $28,000.

Richard F. Trump

  • Build relationships with the county government, the Washington County Delegation to the General Assembly, the business community and residents.

  • No increases on taxes or fees and hold government costs down.

  • Better plan for the needs for roads, and water and sewer expansion.

  • Establish a plan that creates a better environment in government to promote residential and commercial development.

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