WASHINGTON COUNTY - A lifelong area resident, Washington County Commissioners candidate Frank Kretzer said he does not want to shut the door on 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."
"Is that what this county should evolve into? A place where people simply live or own property and don't contribute anything else to the community? No, I don't think so," said Kretzer, who lamented the boom of mega "rural sprawl" subdivisions throughout the county.
Kretzer, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat, is among 24 people - including 12 Democrats - running for County Commissioner. The primary election is Sept. 12; the general election is Nov. 7.
Kretzer, a retired correctional officer who works part time as a golf instructor at a driving range near Shepherdstown, W.Va., said he was motivated to run in the election because of his frustration over the rate of development in the county.