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Terry Baker, Republican

For Washington County Commissioner

For Washington County Commissioner

July 13, 2006

Terry Baker, 50, of Clear Spring, has filed as a Republican for a seat on the Washington County Commission. Baker said growth and rising property assessments and taxes are among the issues that prompted his run for county office.

Baker currently serves as vice mayor in Clear Spring. He ran for the Clear Spring Town Council in 2003.

Housing prices have made it hard for young people to achieve "the American dream" of owning a home, and rising assessments are making it difficult for existing homeowners to pay their taxes, he said.

Residents shouldn't have to worry about how much their taxes will increase, he said.

"Many homeowners are working their tails off just to make ends meet," Baker said. "I think it's imperative our commissioners get the homeowners relief."

Baker said the commissioners should find a balance between growth and development, and work with municipalities when making countywide decisions.

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"When the county makes a decision, it affects the municipalities," he said.

Baker's term on the Clear Spring Town Council expires in November 2007, a post he would have to leave if elected commissioner.

Baker, a self-employed home-improvement contractor, lives with his wife, Katrina. He has twin daughters, Jessica and Jennifer Crawford.

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