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Kennedy would push for more business, annexation if elected

February 02, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Dan G. Kennedy spent much his life organizing people for technical military jobs, and now he owns a small Hagerstown business.

Kennedy, a Republican, is a candidate running for City Council.

Kennedy, 51, and his wife Pamela, moved to Hagerstown about two years ago from Waynesboro, Pa. They have two sons, Christopher and Derek Rook.

Kennedy, of 202 S. Prospect St., and his wife own The Barber's Daughter, an antique and specialty furniture store on East Washington Street.

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Kennedy was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but spent most of his younger years in southern Maryland. In 1971, he joined the U.S. Army directly after high school.

Kennedy was first stationed in Germany. He worked as a communications technician, specializing in radio system maintenance. He then became a supervisor.

In 1984, Kennedy was stationed at Fort Ritchie in Cascade. There he was a project manager for military communication system installation.

Kennedy retired from the military in 1991, and worked for private communications firms. After being laid off in 2003, he said, he decided to focus on the antique store, which his wife had been running.

Kennedy said he sees a lot of potential for business and local jobs growth in the city, but the city government must help.

"The (more) businesses that are in town that are successful, the more and better jobs that come into Hagerstown," Kennedy said. "It helps because everybody's standard of living is raised."

Kennedy said he would like to see a more aggressive approach to annexation - expanding the city limits - because it builds the tax base.

Kennedy said he wants to avoid situations the current City Council has faced, such as paying $85,750 in fines to the Maryland Department of the Environment for sewer system problems and $300,000 on experts to dispute plans for Washington County Hospital's proposed move.

The money would have been spent better on downtown development, Kennedy said.

The other official candidates for City Council are: Kristin B. Aleshire, Ruth Anne Callaham, the Rev. Haru Carter Jr., Walter E. "Nick" Carter, Kelly S. Cromer, N. Linn Hendershot, Scott D. Hesse, Ira P. Kauffman Jr., Lewis C. Metzner, Penny M. Nigh, Alesia Parson-McBean, Henry R. Renner Jr., Donald L. Souders Jr. and Torrence "Tory" VanReenen.

The candidates for mayor are: Charlie Baker, William M. Breichner, Robert E. Bruchey II, Anthony "Tony" Campello Jr. and Richard F. Trump.

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

Council members are paid $8,000 a year. The mayor is paid $28,000. They are eligible for city health benefits.

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