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John Weller, Democrat

For Washington County Commissioner

For Washington County Commissioner

July 13, 2006

Retired Washington County government employee John Weller has filed to run for County Commissioner, saying he has the time and energy to be a dedicated commissioner.

Weller, a Democrat, worked for the county for 43 years.

"I'd just like to be able to give something back to the community now that I have the time ... and am still physically able to do it," Weller, 64, of Hagerstown.

Weller began working for the county in 1959 in the planning and zoning department. He retired in 2002 from the engineering department.

Weller said he has about 15 issues he'd like to raise during his campaign, including improving the quality of education, keeping taxes low and making commissioners meetings more accessible to the public.

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Weller said he'd like to direct more money into classrooms, so teachers have the necessary resources to do their jobs effectively.

He said he also would like the commissioners to meet twice a week, saying he didn't think one meeting a week was enough time to discuss county issues. The commissioners typically meet on Tuesdays.

Weller was born and raised in Hancock, but has lived on Salem Avenue for about 38 years. His wife, Phyllis, died in January 2005.

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