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More signing up for Hagerstown mayor's post

February 10, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

HAGERSTOWN

daniels@herald-mail.com

Three more Hagerstown residents - a program manager, a retired insurance agent and a retired businessman - added their names to the growing list of candidates seeking to become the mayor of Hagerstown.

Jeffrey M. Coney, Ann Holtzman and Thomas Immer submitted applications Thursday to replace Richard F. Trump, who resigned as mayor last week. Their filings bring to eight the number of applicants with four business days remaining until the city closes the application process Feb. 15.

Trump, 60, a Republican, resigned Feb. 1, submitting a two-sentence letter of resignation 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.

City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the council will meet in executive session after the filing deadlineto review the applications and select from them a short list of candidates to be brought in for interviews. Metzner said the council will try to select a new mayor as quickly as possible.

Coney, 44, of 201 Jackson Ave., is a program manager for AlphaInsight Corp. in Falls Church, Va., and has worked on projects for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Department of State. A Williamsport native, he moved to Hagerstown in 2002.

In a cover letter included with his application, he said, "I believe my track record and ability to deal effectively with customers, executives, and stakeholders on a regular basis is critical to success, particularly in today's difficult economy, ever changing society and rapid growth pattern we see emerging."

Immer attended three years of college before quitting to take part in his family businesses, a cattle operation and a drywall business. He served as chief executive officer for those businesses for 10 years.

In his application, Immer, 62, of 1020 Oak Hill Ave., wrote, "In as much as the office of mayor is largely ceremonial in nature by charter, I can act as a referee at the council meetings and meet and greet as well as the next guy."

Ann Holtzman, of 1076 Lindsay Lane, is a retired Allstate Insurance agent. A Hagerstown resident since 1993, she co-founded the victim advocate program with the Hagerstown City Police Department in 1991.

In a cover letter attached with her resume, she wrote, "My retirement has been fulfilling and afforded me the time to be involved in numerous volunteer efforts. I would like to be mayor because I want to make more contributions to a city that has made my life here so enjoyable."

In addition to Coney, Immer and Holtzman, former Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, former Councilwoman Carol N. Muller, innkeeper Bharat Patel, liquor store owner Edward F. Hood II and customer support supervisor Patrick "Dean" Holik have applied for the position.

Residents may obtain an application at City Hall or at the city's Web site, www.hagerstownmd.org. Applications must be returned to the Law Offices of Urner, Narin and Boyer, located at 207 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown by Feb. 15.




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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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