Washington County charter home rule debate is tonight

January 30, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The pros and cons of Washington County's proposed home rule charter will be debated tonight 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.

People may submit questions in writing before the debate begins but will not be able to ask questions during the debate.


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

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

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

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a town meeting on charter home rule.

The meeting will be in the Hancock Middle-Senior High School auditorium and will feature former charter board members Jeanne Singer, Brien Poffenberger and David Hanlin.

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