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City Council race heats up

February 14, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

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HAGERSTOWN -- With the Hagerstown municipal elections a little more than three weeks away, the candidates in the city council race are beginning to set their campaigns in full swing.

All five incumbents are competing against nine others to fill the five open positions.

Martin E. Brubaker, Kelly S. Cromer, Lewis C. Metzner, Penny M. Nigh and Alesia D. Parson-McBean - all Democrats - are the incumbents.

Other Democratic candidates are R. Noel Brady, William M. Breichner, David A. Lidz and Joseph A. Marschner.

Patrick N. Crist, Forrest W. Easton, Jeremy L. Manford and Don Mohar are the Republicans.

Also running is unaffiliated candidate Ashley C. Haywood.

Kaye Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said voters will choose five Democratic candidates during the primary election on March 10 to advance to the general election in May.

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The four Republican candidates who filed for the five council seats automatically will proceed to the general election, Robucci said. Haywood will advance because she is unaffiliated.

The winning candidates will take office June 1, said Donna Spickler, clerk for the City of Hagerstown.

Each council member earns $8,000 per year.

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