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Frank Kretzer, Democrat

August 01, 2006

A lifelong area resident, candidate for Washington County Commissioner Frank Kretzer said he does not want to shut the door to people who plan to move to Washington County.

But, he said he wants to put the brakes on what he calls "out-of-control growth."

Kretzer, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat, is a retired corrections officer. He works part time as a golf instructor at a driving range near Shepherdstown, W.Va., and said he was motivated to run in the election because of his frustration over the rate of development in the county.

"I just didn't think Washington County should end up looking like Gaithersburg (Md.) or Rockville (Md.), or whatever, for the sake of profiteers," said Kretzer, who lives near Chewsville.

Kretzer said the county could limit development by basing the number of permits it issues on a pre-determined rate of acceptable growth. Residents who have lived in the county 10 years or more would get first dibs on new permits, and developers would get permits only after residents with less tenure had made their requests, according to Kretzer said.

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The County Commissioners' decision earlier this year to send $150 rebate checks to homeowners also influenced Kretzer's decision to run, he said. He characterized the rebates as "feel-good" checks that might have been better spent.

"If there's that kind of money to give back, we could help out the elderly and maybe even the low-income folks, as well," Kretzer said.

Kretzer is the father of a 13-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter.

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