Charter home rule to be debated Wednesday

January 26, 2008

The pros and cons of Washington County's proposed home rule charter will be debated Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

The public is invited to attend the debate on Washington County's proposed home rule charter, which will be voted on in the Feb. 12 primary election.

Those participating in the debate in favor of the proposed charter will be Jeanne Singer, who served as chairwoman of the charter board for Washington County; James F. Kercheval, a Washington County Commissioner; and Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Opposing the charter will be Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington; Thomas Berry, who was a charter board member; and Washington County Commissioner William J. Wivell.

The moderator will be David Warner, executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Copies of the proposed charter will be available at the Kepler Theater the night of the debate.


The debate is sponsored by The Herald-Mail Co., Antietam Cable TV and Hagerstown Community College.

It will be shown live on Antietam Cable Channel 99 and broadcast live on radio station WJEJ AM.

The debate will be available on Antietam Cable, Video On Demand, starting Jan. 31.

It will be re-aired on Antietam Cable Channel 19 on the following dates: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.; and Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, The Herald-Mail will feature a complete package on charter home rule, including an overview of the system of government, answers to frequently asked questions and a look at how home rule is working in other Maryland counties in Maryland.

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