Woman is ninth to file for city's mayor vacancy

February 11, 2006|By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ


The number of Hagerstown residents vying to replace former Mayor Richard F. Trump grew to nine Friday with the addition of a 26-year-old restaurant server and full-time student.

Jessica N. Snyder, of 18775 Diller Drive, holds associate and bachelor's degrees in government and politics and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and criminology. In her application, she said she is concerned about a variety of problems confronting Hagerstown, including income and poverty issues, issues affecting older residents and the rate of growth in the city.

"I have watched Frederick city and Frederick County grow so fast and leave many people without a home because they can no longer afford to live there," she wrote in her application. "I do not want to see the same thing happen in Hagerstown and Washington County."

Trump, 60, a Republican, resigned Feb. 1. He told The Herald-Mail he quit over irreconcilable differences with the City Council, an all-Democratic five-member body.


Because he is a Republican, the city charter requires his replacement must be a Republican. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, have been a city resident for at least a year and be qualified to vote in the city.

Candidates must apply by Feb. 15, after which the City Council will select a short list of residents to call in for interviews. City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the council hopes to make its selection as soon as possible after Feb. 15.

Other candidates who have applied for the position are former Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, former Councilwoman Carol N. Moller, innkeeper Bharat Patel, liquor store owner Edward F. Hood II, customer support supervisor Patrick "Dean" Holik, program manager Jeffrey M. Coney, retired businessman Thomas Immer and retired insurance agent Ann Holtzman.

If you 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

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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