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Candidate says growth should be controlled

July 26, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Bigger, better schools and higher-paying jobs top Hampton W. Wedlock Jr.'s campaign platform.

Wedlock is among 12 Democrats who filed for a Washington County Commissioners seat. The primary election is Sept. 12; the general election is Nov. 7.

"Taxes aren't going down, but we should get amenities that come with high taxes," he said.

Wedlock said that he would most like to see taxes lowered, but he does not think that will happen because "once you've raised them, it's hard to get them to come down," he said.

"We need to get our money's worth from the tax structure in place," he said.

Education is one of the areas Wedlock said needs improvement.

Wedlock, 52, cited Bester Elementary as a school "that needs to be relocated and rebuilt."

According to Wedlock, North Hagerstown High School is an example of money well spent.

Wedlock blames recent growth in the county for the overpopulated schools.

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"Growth is good but a lot of people like to see growth curbed so it doesn't take away what makes Hagerstown great," Wedlock said. "What makes Hagerstown great is its size, not being overwhelmed.

According to Wedlock, people do not want to see Hagerstown "get like Frederick."

Wedlock was born and raised in the area, and bought a home in Hagerstown in 1976.

"This is my hometown. I have a lot of pride in living in Washington County," he said.

There should not be as much competition between the north and south ends of town, Wedlock said. "Sometimes it's a little 'who gets what.'"

Wedlock works at Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown, he said.

He said he plans to go door to door, talking to people about their concerns.

"I'm willing to work hard and listen to the concerns of the people."

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