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Russell F. Williams

For Washington County Board of Education

For Washington County Board of Education

July 13, 2006

Russell F. Williams, one of three retired educators whose term on the Washington County Board of Education is up in 2006, is seeking re-election.

Williams submitted paperwork announcing his candidacy on Dec. 12, about seven months ahead of the filing deadline.

"When I originally became a candidate, I said for the sake of stability, I would like to try to be in office for at least eight years," said Williams, who retired a few years ago after teaching elementary school students in the system for 29 years.

Williams, who was seriously injured in a bicycling accident in May, has battled cancer this year, but he said his doctor has cleared him to run again.

Williams said he believes the school system should carefully evaluate programs and policies before making changes, show respect for support-staff workers and promote opportunities for children of all economic backgrounds.

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"I want to do all that I can to make sure the poor of this community are not priced out of educational opportunities," said Williams, who is a volunteer coordinator for the Hagerstown cold-weather shelter run by Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

The school system should devote the greatest resources to students with the greatest needs, and it should carefully monitor how its money is spent, Williams said.

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