Address: Lindsay Lane
1. Why should voters select you as a mayor?
I bring to the office leadership experience, business success and a home-grown affection for the City of Hagerstown. I have a plan (in part expressed in the following answers and in other columns I have written for The Herald-Mail), have assembled a team and have the will to implement that plan to lead Hagerstown forward to become the best city in Maryland. The last two city administrations have settled for mediocrity; I will settle for nothing less then superiority.
2. What is the single most important issue facing this city, and how do you propose to lead government on that issue?
Affordable housing priced in the $70-125 thousand range. In targeted areas, using bonding authority, in coordination with local builders and banks, the city may be able to purchase distressed properties and upgrade the properties for resale into affordable housing units. There are several precedents for this type of effort and I will create a public/private partnership to do this. In new development areas, I will work with developers to have a percentage of new units reserved for affordable housing - there is also precedent for this.