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Edward Forrest, Republican

For Washington County Commissioners

For Washington County Commissioners

July 13, 2006

Washington County Board of Education President Edward Forrest, a Republican, has file for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

Forrest, 43, of 20437 Old Forge Road in Hagerstown, is in the middle of his second term on the School Board. He would have to resign from the School Board if elected.

"I'm very committed to public service and the timing is right for me," Forrest said of his decision to file for county commissioner. "The issues in front of the county are important."

Forrest, a pharmacist at Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway, said he believes the biggest issue for the county is "managing growth." He said tax relief, "specifically for senior citizens," needs to be considered. Forrest also said that "property taxes need to be evaluated."

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If elected, Forrest said he would consider School Board requests with "a balanced approach. A request wouldn't be granted carte blanche," he said.

Elected to the School Board first in 2000, Forrest said he is most proud of the adjustments the School Board made in Washington County Public Schools in response to the federal No Child Left Behind act, including the expansion of programs offered to students.

The federal act is designed to close the achievement gap between schools and make sure all students, including disadvantaged groups, are academically proficient.

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