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Nipps to run for re-election

June 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Doris Nipps has said she will seek another term as a Washington County Commissioner, becoming the first incumbent to make a bid for re-election.

Nipps, 54, a Republican, was elected to the board in 2002 and said she is eager to continue working to make Washington County a better place to live and work.

"It's a time of change, and there are a lot of things happening," Nipps said. "People want to live here, and they want to work here, and I would like to continue to be a part of that growth and that change in this community."

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Nipps, who lives just outside of Hagerstown, began her community work in education at Old Forge Elementary School, serving as PTA president. She was elected president of Washington County Council of PTAs in 1989 and served on the Maryland State PTA Board of Directors from 1989 to 1994.

Nipps was elected to the Washington County Board of Education in 1994 and served until 2002.

"I believe that everyone has an obligation to give back to their community," she said. "I'm doing this because I care. I care about the future of this community a lot."

Each of the five county commissioners' seats are up for election.

Nipps said she has worked on many projects during her first term that she would like to continue working on, including the urban growth area around Hagerstown.

"Growth has really come, and we really need to look at how to manage that," Nipps said. "We've started this thing and now I'd like to continue to be a part of that and see the pieces come together."

Nipps said that the county's excellent financial standing is an opportunity to continue to support public education. She said she was pleased the county was recently able to commit to $17 million in construction for Washington County Public Schools.

"It's just exciting to see where this community can go and what's going to happen in the next few years," she said.

Continuing to support Hagerstown Community College was another priority, Nipps said.

She said she was also concerned about public safety for Washington County residents as the area continues to grow.

Nipps said she was pleased that next year's budget includes pay increases for Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

"They're having trouble out there getting deputies, and as the community grows we need to assure the public that we have a law enforcement force that can take care of this community," she said.

Another issue Nipps said she would like to continue to work on is helping the county's elderly population.

"The cost of their living here is a concern of ours," she said.

Nipps works part time for Habitat of Humanity as a committee coordinator. She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 34 years and have twin 26-year-old sons.

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