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Line forms for mayor's post

February 09, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A former mayor, a former councilwoman, an innkeeper, a liquor store manager and a customer support supervisor have applied to be Hagerstown's mayor, a position vacated last week with the resignation of Richard F. Trump.

Robert E. Bruchey II, Carol N. Moller, Bharat Patel, Edward F. Hood II and Patrick "Dean" Holik have submitted applications.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Applications may be picked up at City Hall and dropped off at the Law Offices of Urner, Nairn and Boyer at 207 S. Potomac St.

Richard F. Trump, 60, a Republican, resigned as mayor Feb. 1, submitting a two-sentence letter without stating his reasons. He has since told The Herald-Mail that he quit over irreconcilable differences with the City Council, an all-Democratic five-member body.

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According to the city charter, since Trump is a Republican, his replacement must be a Republican. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a city resident for at least one year preceding an election and a qualified voter in the city, according to the charter.

The City Council will appoint the new mayor.

Those who have applied for the position are registered Republicans.

Bruchey, who was mayor from 1997 to 2001, ran again for mayor in 2001 but lost to Democrat William M. Breichner. He lost the March 2005 primary to Trump, but filed as a write-in candidate in the general election, finishing behind Trump and Breichner.

Bruchey, 47, of 905 Woodland Way, works in sales at Hagerstown Ford. He submitted a five-page resume with his application. He wrote, "Leadership by listening and consensus building, managing people, inventory, perseverance, quick study, great written and verbal communication skills," among the tasks he does best.

Moller, 70, of 1744 Edgewood Hill Circle, served on the city council from 2001 to 2005. She chose not to run for re-election in 2005. As a councilwoman, Moller helped develop and implement the city's rental licensing program as a fully staffed operation, helped get the Jonathan Street police camera system installed and helped implement a new bulk trash program, according to a list of accomplishments she submitted with her application. Moller was the founder and former owner of Carol & Company at 25 W. Washington St.

She wrote on the comments section of her application: "The council was elected by the citizens to do a "job." ? I want to help them do it. I have great respect for the Employees of the City ? and County ? State. I would enjoy working with them again."

Patel, 45, of 1801 Dual Highway, has owned Best Value Inn on Mason-Dixon Road for the past 10 years and owns three other hotels in the Virginia area, he said in a phone interview.

He wrote on the comment part of his application: "Experience leadership with various organizations. Strong interest in cleaning up drug/prostitution problem in the area."

Hood, 37, of 128 N. Locust St., is manager of Market Lot Liquors, at 54 W. Church St. He wrote on his application that he was born and raised in the Hagerstown area and has lived within city limits since 2000, working at his family's business for 26 years.

"I know there is great potential for the revitalization of Hagerstown with great projects in motion and some landmarks completed," he wrote. "I have, since high school, read the Hagerstown newspaper every day. I am in touch with most of the issues the city has been dealing with and have a good idea what we, the city, will face in the next 3 1/2 years."

Holik, 33, of 133 E. Lee St., is a customer support supervisor at MICROS Systems Inc. in Columbia, Md. He wrote that he has more than five years of experience in management, including "departmental budget, staff and project" management.

"I would welcome the opportunity to better serve the city as mayor," he wrote.

He has a computer/electronics diploma from Herald Technical Institute in Fresno, Calif., he wrote.




Want to be mayor?



The deadline to apply for Hagerstown mayor is Feb. 15.

Applications may be picked up at City Hall and dropped off at the Law Offices of Urner, Nairn and Boyer at 207 S. Potomac St. Applications also may be downloaded at www.hagerstownmd.org.

Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a city resident for at least one year and a qualified voter in the city, according to the city charter.

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