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Field of mayor hopefuls up to 14

February 16, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

HAGERSTOWN

daniels@herald-mail.com

Four more candidates submitted applications Wednesday to be Hagerstown's mayor, bringing to 14 the number of people seeking to replace former Mayor Richard F. Trump, who resigned Feb 1.

Walter W. Evans, Nathan Green, Darrell R. McCammon and Paul H. Toothman submitted their applications on the final day to do so.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the council has not decided whether it will consider applications dropped off to the city attorney's office after business hours Wednesday or those sent by mail and postmarked with Wednesday's date. He said the council will consider those issues on a case-by-case basis, though he doubted whether the council would automatically dismiss qualified candidates under those circumstances.

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It remains uncertain whether the new mayor will deliver the city's annual State of the City address, scheduled for March 7, Metzner said. The city's charter requires the mayor to deliver an annual address to the council. In past years, Metzner said, the city has shown a video presentation followed by comments from the mayor. He said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman could deliver those comments.

Trump, 60, a Republican, cited irreconcilable differences with the city council - an all-Democratic, five-member body - as the reason for his resignation. 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, according to the charter.

The council is scheduled to meet in executive session following its work session Tuesday to develop a short list of candidates to interview. Metzner said the council has not decided how it will conduct those interviews, though it has not ruled out holding public interviews with the finalists.

Evans, 49, of 243 Mealey Parkway, is a line supervisor at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. He included the military and federal government among his related experience and background.

"I know I can make Hagerstown a greater place to live at for Family and Friends," he wrote in the comment section of his application.

Nathan Green, 42, of 17615 Homewood Road, is a general manager for McDonald's Corp. in Frederick, Md. He has worked in food service for the past 24 years and studied business administration for two years at Frostburg State University.

Under the comments section of his application, Green wrote he "developed exceptional people skills as well as managed and supervised 60+ employees. Operate a multi-million dollar business, continue maximizing profits while keeping spending in line."

McCammon, 51, of 1524 Howell Road, works in property management. He said in his application he is educated in code compliance and is self-educated in law and law enforcement. He credits himself with helping victims of crime, the homeless and the hungry.

In the comments section of his application, he wrote "If elected will prosecute slum lords (under Abate laws) will dedicate my life to expose corruption and unlawful actions of Hagerstown Police Department officers."

Toothman, 50, of 1412 The Terrace, is a prison and probation agent in Frederick. He served for four years as a member of the Republican Central Committee and was an election judge in the city's last primary elections.

In a two-page resume he included with his application, Toothman listed as his objective "To obtain the position of Mayor for the City of Hagerstown. This will allow me to utilize my leadership, organizational, managerial, and people skills in a public administration environment."

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 manager Edward F. Hood II, customer support supervisor Patrick "Dean" Holik, program manager Jeffrey M. Coney, retired businessman Thomas Immer, retired insurance agent Ann Holtzman, restaurant server and full-time student Jessica N. Snyder and retired accountant, government clerk and businessman Donald E. Day.

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