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Forrest Easton, 34

Republican

Republican

February 20, 2009

Easton, 34, of 24 Willard St., said he chose to seek a seat on the council because he is dissatisfied with the current administration. Watching the council meetings on Channel 6 has given him the impression the city's elected officials have no respect for each other or for the residents who come to the council for help, he said.

"It's amazing to me how unprofessional the current administration is and how they conduct business," Easton said. "They are an embarrassment to the city ... They degrade business people who bring fresh ideas. That's not how you move forward."

Easton said he wants to see the city grow at a controlled rate.

"We need to maintain responsible growth and fight developers who want to raise nothing but big-box stores," he said.

Easton also proposed cutting spending to save money. To do this, he said the council should consider moving the dates of its future elections.

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Last year, the Washington County Board of Elections estimated that the city could save about $60,000 by moving the municipal elections to coincide with the gubernatorial or presidential ones.

In addition, the council should reduce the $4,000 in expense money each council member is allowed to spend annually to conduct city business, he said.

"The (council) keeps spending despite the economy," he said.

Easton has lived in Hagerstown for a decade and works at Service Coordination Inc., a company that monitors state-funded services for people with developmental disabilities. He said he has bachelor's degrees in political science and justice studies, and a master's degree in human science.

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