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Commissioners candidate would focus on growth

July 19, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

LEITERSBURG

Former Hagerstown City Councilman Wallace McClure, 55, has decided to run for a County Commissioners seat again this year, four years after a failed bid.

McClure, a Republican, moved out of the city to the county in 2003 and lives with his wife, Barbara, on a farm north of Leitersburg.

"I ran for commission four years ago and didn't do much except file," McClure said. "This time, I'm so concerned about the rampant, out-of-control growth. In another four years, we won't even know this area."

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Controlled growth and controlled spending are the two big issues of McClure's campaign.

He focuses on growth because it affects other issues, McClure said.

"Education is also important. If growth is not addressed, the Board of Education won't be able to do anything except figure out where to put the students," he said.

McClure said he wants to be a voice for the agricultural industry in Washington County.

"This group of commissioners has completely forgotten about farmers, and farming is still a fairly substantial industry in this county."

He would like to find ways of maintaining tax incentives for farmers, McClure said.

McClure's second major concern is controlled spending. He said that current spending trends are a little too liberal and that he has been financially prudent in private life and on City Council.

"I know you can only slice that pie so many times," he said.

McClure is a business owner and closed one of his businesses, a moving company, in September.

"I have been trying to find something meaningful to fill the void, and this is the perfect thing," he said.

McClure still owns McClure's Piano Shop in Hagerstown, which he said is beneficial to the county, should he win election.

"I'm right here, I'm available."

McClure has lived in Washington County since 1979, and said he knows every road because he has tuned pianos throughout the county for years.

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