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Green says he plans to run for county seat

March 03, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

WASHINGTON COUNTY

A man whose residency outside Hagerstown city limits made him ineligible to become mayor has filed to run in the election for a Washington County Commissioners seat.

In an interview Thursday afternoon, Nathan Green, 42, said he wants to ease residents' tax burdens by helping attract new jobs to Washington County.

"As a county commissioner, I would like to be a champion for Washington County as far as attracting new business to the county," Green said.

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Green, of 17615 Homewood Road, was among five applicants who were ineligible to become Hagerstown mayor because they live outside city limits. Robert E. Bruchey II was sworn in as mayor Wednesday morning.

Green said Thursday since he had lived in the city as recently as four to six months ago, he believed he still was eligible to be mayor.

"But, because of the city charter, which I understand had me about a mile and three-quarters out of the city limits, I was ineligible," he said.

Green and Edward L. Knepper, 62, a retired Mack Trucks engineer, have filed to run in the Washington County Commissioners race, a Board of Elections official said Thursday.

Voters will choose all five County Commissioners in November.

Green, general manager for McDonald's Corp. in Frederick, Md., said he would like to bring businesses to fill the county's vacant lots and buildings. He said he believes the county could attract high-tech jobs in the computer and automotive fields.

The county must work with developers to find ways to upgrade the infrastructure as the county grows, Green said. Developers should shoulder some of the burden of growth, rather than forcing taxpayers to pay more in "an already overtaxed system," Green said.

"The alternative are either we have to eliminate some services, which no one wants to do in Washington County, or we have to find more ways to pay for services in Washington County," he said.

A lifelong western Maryland resident, Green said the county also should work to make sure the area's agricultural heritage is respected. Attracting jobs, increasing the tax base, developing a plan to address the needs of the county's growing number of seniors and education are among his highest priorities, he said.

"I've been in business 26, 27 years. I understand how to manage a business and keep it profitable," Green said. "You have to believe in your business, you have to believe in your county."

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