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Former governor endorses Washington County home rule charter

January 18, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has endorsed the proposed home rule charter for Washington County, according to a press release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

The charter, which will be on the Feb. 12 primary election ballot, would change Washington County's governing body from a five-member board of commissioners to a seven-member county council.

The council would have more power to enact laws and borrow money than the current board of commissioners.

Ehrlich said the charter will give county residents more control over local government.

"I am a firm believer in making government more responsive to the residents it serves," Ehrlich said in a statement.

The charter would include a provision for bringing most legislation to referendum, or public vote.

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