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16 apply to fill Aleshire's council seat

November 28, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

HAGERSTOWN - A former disc jockey, two former city council candidates, a former prison warden, an outgoing school board member and close relatives of two current council members are among the 16 applicants to fill the vacancy that Councilman Kristen B. Aleshire leaves as he becomes a Washington County commissioner next week.

Aleshire, scheduled to be sworn in as a commissioner on Dec. 5, has served a year and a half of his current four-year term. The deadline to apply for the open council seat was 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the council will discuss the applications during an executive session at 5 p.m. today, adding that he believes council members with ties to applicants should abstain from discussion of those applications.

The applicants include Harry L. Brubaker III, Martin E. Brubaker, Walter E. "Nick" Carter, Steven R. Cromer, Christina A. Davis, David Scott Gysberts, Henrietta JoAnna Hoffman, Jerry Lee Hose Sr., Joseph E. Longnecker, Ivory Clinton Mann Jr., Ralph Mauriello, Henry R. Renner Jr., Joseph P. Sacchet, Barbara J. Spielman, Gary E. Swartz and Russell F. Williams.

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Although there are two Brubakers on the list, Martin Brubaker, who dropped out of the race for county commissioner earlier this year, said they are not related.

Cromer, a retired city police officer, is married to Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer. Swartz, a retiree of Pangborn Corp., is the brother of Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh.

Ralph Mauriello is perhaps better known to local radio audiences as Randy Mitchell, the name he used during his career with WQCM Radio from 1987 to 2000.

Carter and Renner ran unsuccessfully for city council in the 2005 Democratic primary. Carter lost to Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean by one vote. Renner finished eighth according to statistics from the Washington County Board of Elections.

Williams, elected to the Washington County Board of Education in 2002, lost his bid for re-election in the September primary this year.

Sacchet, who served as warden of each of the three state prisons south of Hagerstown during a career that spanned more than three decades, resigned as warden of Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown in 2005.

City Clerk Donna Spickler said she expected the Board of Elections to verify qualified applicants today. Applicants must have been a registered Democrat and resided within the city for at least one year.

Verified candidates will be required to identify themselves during a Dec. 5 public meeting. Council members will interview applicants in executive session Dec. 12. City officials have said the council plans to swear in the new member Dec. 19.

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