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Metzner only council candidate so far

December 28, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Only one elected official said he is certain that he will seek another term as the deadline approaches for candidates to file for the City of Hagerstown's 2009 primary elections.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he plans to file with the Washington County Board of Elections before the Jan. 23 deadline.

"I won't miss it," Metzner said. "This (would) be my fourth term."

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, Councilman Martin E. Brubaker, and Councilwomen Penny M. Nigh and Alesia D. Parson-McBean said they would announce their intentions at a later date.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer did not return two telephone calls seeking comment.

The incumbents aren't the only candidates who haven't decided on whether to run for office.

Kaye Robucci, election deputy director for the Washington County Board of Elections, said no one has filed to run in the March 10 primary.

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"A lot (of candidates) had filed by this time during the last election," she said.

Robucci said candidates who are interested in filing may pick up applications at the Board of Elections, 35 W. Washington St., or at Hagerstown City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St.

Metzner has served on the council since 1994, when he was appointed. He went on to win subsequent elections.

If re-elected, he said, he will continue to work to control the city's growth and spending.

"Right now, the agenda is pretty clear, and that's how we deal with these economic times," Metzner said. "I have 14 years to be able to show what (positive things) have happened with the city, and I will stand by that."

Metzner said it is his hope that President-elect Barack Obama will follow through with a campaign promise to give local governments more federal money for infrastructure improvements.

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