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Wallace McClure, Republican

July 20, 2006

Former Hagerstown City Councilman Wallace McClure, 55, decided to run for Washington County Commission this year, four years after a failed bid.

McClure, a Republican, moved out of the City of Hagerstown to the county in 2003 and now lives with his wife, Barbara, on a farm north of Leitersburg, he said.

"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," he said.

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.

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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 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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