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John F. Barr, Republican

For Washington County Commissioner

For Washington County Commissioner

July 13, 2006

John F. Barr, 52, of Clear Spring, is seeking for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

Barr, a Republican, said he decided to enter the race because he felt business owners needed a stronger presence in local government.

"I'm not filing as a candidate because I think things are broken," said Barr, who owns Elsworth Electric Inc. in Hagerstown. "But, as a businessman, I can bring patience and understanding, common sense to the county government."

Barr lives in Clear Spring with his wife, Teresa. He has four grown children - Franklin, David, Jonathan and Sarah Barr.

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Barr said rapid development and growth in Washington County was a major concern.

"Washington County is poised for tremendous growth, more than what we're seeing now," Barr said. "Our rural heritage is at risk with the impeding growth."

Barr also said he would like to see a more customer-friendly system for acquiring permits.

"Large residential developments often bog down the permitting process, frustrating a longtime resident who may want to put a small addition on his house," Barr said.

"It is a tragedy when a lifelong resident walks away frustrated with our county government," he said.

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