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Hagerstown City Council candidates

February 28, 2005

Republican mayoral primary candidates



Charlie Baker

Age: 60

Party: Republican

Address: Kensington Drive

Occupation: Retired, landscaping and restaurant business

Platform:

- Use city money to increase children's access to educational programming, including computer-based educational programs at Washington County Free Library.

- Find ways to divert traffic flow away from downtown Hagerstown, including closing some downtown streets, to make the city more pedestrian-friendly.

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- Place Washington County Hospital in the city's North End.

- Assign a city staffer to find ways to decrease the amount of time spent by inmates in the county jail who are awaiting trial.




Bob Bruchey

Age: 46

Party: Republican

Address: Woodland Way

Occupation: Auto sales

Platform:

- Keep property taxes stable and decrease taxes if at all possible while maintaining city services.

- Increase number of police officers to 2001 levels.

- Increase communication between the Hagerstown City Council, Washington County Commissioners and the County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly by holding regular meetings with those groups.

- Invite more public comment by holding personal office hours and reorganizing the city's voting sessions.




Tony Campello

Age: 35

Party: Republican

Address: East North Avenue

Occupation: Full-time student, part-time computer technician

Platform:

- Favors Washington County Hospital's move to a site near Robinwood Medical Center.

- Wants to improve downtown Hagerstown and promote it more.

- Supports the creation of a business incubator.

- Believes the city should better plan for population growth.




Dick Trump

Age: 59

Party: Republican

Address: Lindsay Lane

Occupation: Publisher

Platform:

- 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.




Democratic City Council primary candidates


Kristin B. Aleshire

Incumbent councilman

Age: 29

Party: Democrat

Address: Virginia Avenue

Occupation: Planner, towns of Myersville and Middletown

Platform:

- Create a guiding document that will help plan the ultimate expansion of the city's water and sewer system.

- Reinforce the marketability of downtown Hagerstown by promoting home ownership within the city.

- Return the city's property tax rate to fiscal 2003-04 levels, and possibly lower over time.

- Make a personal effort to provide more information to the public about large issues for city government.




"Nick" Carter

Age: 66

Party: Democrat

Address: Salem Avenue

Platform:

- Continue upgrading the city's sewer system as the city grows while keeping costs down and informing the public.

- Increase the communication among city, county and state officials to discuss and address problems.

- Look at ways to make health care less expensive for city employees while keeping benefit levels stable.

- Find ways to bring more people downtown to spend money, including promoting job growth.




Kelly S. Cromer

Age: 39

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Criminal defense lawyer

Platform:

- Develop a plan to upgrade the city's water and sewer system and avoid future problems such as sanctions from environmental authorities.

- Ensure citizen health care is improved by Washington County Hospital's proposed move. Develop a document between city and hospital officials to improve public understanding of the project.

- Develop a common agenda between the City Council and the Washington County Commissioners through meetings between the groups.

- Continue downtown development and broaden the focus of redevelopment efforts to other areas of the city.




N. Linn Hendershot

Incumbent councilman

Age: 60

Party: Democrat

Address: West Irvin Avenue

Occupation: Communications director

Platform:

- Ensure the continued improvement of the city's water, sewer, roads and parks systems.

- Promote business, safety and vibrancy in downtown Hagerstown.

- Pursue a cost-effective replacement for Washington County Hospital that will best serve the community.

- Determine a new funding source to improve the city's fire and rescue services.




Ira P. Kauffman Jr.

Age: 72

Party: Democrat

Address: Lindsay Lane

Occupation: Retired, Central Intelligence Agency

Platform:

- Expand the city limits through annexation, but not at the expense of the citizens.

- Keep taxes and fees as low as possible while maintaining city services.

- Study the possibility of again generating electricity within the city.

- Improve city and county relations.




Lewis C. Metzner

Incumbent councilman

Age: 52

Party: Democrat

Address: East Irvin Avenue

Occupation: Criminal defense lawyer

Platform:

- Control growth more, including putting in place development impact fees and managing the city's aging sewer system.

- Improve cooperation between city and county government by developing mutually beneficial agreements.

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