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Former warden running for commissioner

June 15, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters filed Wednesday as a Democrat for Washington County Commissioner, making him the 11th candidate to announce for the five-person board.

"This is new to me, but I like a challenge," said Waters, who has never run for political office.

Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters said he is familiar with the political arena.

Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years.

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Waters said he wants to see Washington County government stop doing business the same way it's been done for the past 40 years.

"We need a good debate or a summit on growth, because it affects water, sewer and schools," Waters said. "There are big water issues with wells and creeks which are low."

Since he retired, Waters has been doing some security work. Mostly, he has been reading, fishing and doing community and church work, he said.

"But I'm still a little restless. I don't do well with boredom, and (I) like a challenge," Waters said.

After a 1991 riot at MCI, Waters said he was psyched up for changes at the prison. He said he made a statement then that there would never be another riot and because of the changes he made at MCI, there wasn't.

"If I apply that same skill to the county I've lived in all my life, I could do some things," the Dargan native said.

In a campaign brochure, Waters said he will be accessible to serving the people of Washington County, visiting all sections of the county to listen to concerns and needs.

"I'm going to shake the tree," Waters said.

A U.S. Army veteran who had a tour in Vietnam, Waters returned to Washington County and took advantage of the GI Bill, first earning his associate degree from Hagerstown Junior College, his bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's and his master's degree in human services from Hood College.

He and his wife, Sheila, have been married 38 years and live near Sharpsburg. Their daughter, Amy K. Waters, is serving as her father's campaign chairwoman.

The primary election is Sept. 12. The general election is Nov. 7.

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