Hardin lives in Hagerstown.
Aleshire, 31, has been a Hagerstown city councilman for six years. He works as a professional land-use planner for a local firm, he said.
He was brief in explaining his qualifications to serve as a commissioner, saying only that he "meets the election guidelines as determined by the Washington County Board of Elections."
Swartz, a County Commissioner from 1998 to 2002, said he has leadership skills and compassion to once again bring to the board.
"I think I've been there and done that, and I feel that I want to do it once more," Swartz said. "And I have a real deep desire to do this."
Swartz, 68, graduated from Shepherd College after receiving a full basketball scholarship.
He has a master's degree from West Virginia University and has taken classes toward his doctorate. He said he has deep respect for Washington County Public Schools.
Brightman's qualifications for the position include 30 years as a business owner and manager, she said.
She has been a mother for 19 years and a community advocate for 15 years, including serving as the legislative liaison to the Maryland Parent Teachers Association, chairing the Boonsboro High School Citizens Advisory Committee and serving as the local delegation's representative on the Washington County Home Rule Task Force.
Brightman, 54, of Knoxville, works as a landscape designer and project manager for Rivers Edge Landscapes, based in Virginia.
Hendershot said he's qualified "because of the intense interest I have in the community."
He is on several boards and committees, including those working with senior citizens and disabled residents. He served four years on the Hagerstown City Council.
Hendershot, 61, graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in business and public administration. He spent 35 years in the business world, including working public relations and sports marketing for the Atlanta Falcons, NASCAR, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bucknell University.
He is the director of communications for Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.
Top three priorities
Kristin B. Aleshire
1. Water and sewer capacity
2. Economic development
3. Educational system
Donna L. Brightman
J. Herbert Hardin
1. Keeping the county secure/public safety
2. Growth and the local economy
N. Linn Hendershot
1. Having five open-minded commissioners manage the county
2. Managing growth
3. Economic development
Paul L. Swartz