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David S. Gysberts, 31

Democrat

Democrat

February 18, 2009

Gysberts automatically will advance to the general election because he is the only Democrat, said Dorothy Kaetzel, director of the Washington County Board of Elections.

Gysberts said he chose to run for mayor because the existing administration is poorly led.

"This city needs fresh, new leadership," said Gysberts, who has served on the City Planning Commission for the past two years. "The city staff does a good job ... What we don't have is good elected leadership."

He said too many Hagerstown residents have to commute to other areas to earn a high enough wage to pay their mortgages. To solve that problem, Gysberts wants to create conditions that will attract high-paying jobs, he said.

Easing zoning restrictions in former industrial areas of the city and creating broadband by power line as a utility are a few of the things the city could do to help attract developers, Gysberts said. Tax credits could also work, he said.

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"It's about bringing new ideas," he said. "We need to create conditions that will help developers, yet maintain the quality of life."

Gysberts said he works as a counselor for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools. He holds a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and a master's degree in counseling from West Virginia University.

Gysberts said he has lived in Hagerstown most of his life

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