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Aleshire running in county election

July 05, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire is among four people who filed to run for Washington County Commissioner just before Monday's filing deadline.

According to information provided on the Washington County Board of Elections' Web site, 12 Democrats - including Aleshire - and 12 Republicans filed for the election before Monday's 9 p.m. deadline. Ten candidates are running for Washington County Board of Education.

Four of the County Commissioner candidates and five of the Board of Education candidates filed Monday.

As a councilman, Aleshire said he has worked with the County Commissioners on issues that affect the entire area. He and another council member regularly meet with two of the County Commissioners as part of a two-plus-two committee, and he said he serves on a commission studying water and sewer capacity issues countywide.

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"The no. 1 issue, whether I'm on City Council, whether I'm a County Commissioner, or whether I'm serving as a state delegate in the future, or whatever ... is planning for the availability of our water and sewer resources," Aleshire, 30, said.

Because capacity is limited, Aleshire said planning for sewer allocations will help determine how growth proceeds in the county.

If he is elected to one of the County Commissioners' seats - all five will be decided this fall - Aleshire said he will resign from City Council. He is finishing the first year of his second term, and he said he would remain on City Council if he is not elected as a commissioner.

The candidates for County Commissioner include incumbents James F. Kercheval, John C. Munson, Doris J. Nipps and William J. Wivell. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook announced Monday he will not seek the office again.

A lifelong Hagerstown resident, Aleshire said his family lives throughout the county.

"I just think this is a natural step, the natural progression in the process of serving the community in the manner that I've chosen to do so," said Aleshire, who would not rule out a future run at a state office.

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