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Robert E. Bruchey II, 50

Republican

Republican

February 20, 2009

Bruchey, the incumbent, also served as mayor from 1997-2001. He was defeated during the following election and appointed in 2006 to finish the term of former Mayor Richard F. Trump, who resigned from office.

"I still believe I am the person to continue to lead Hagerstown at these times," Bruchey said. "I want to continue to make Hagerstown a great place to live, work and visit."

Bruchey said he has accomplished a lot over the last few years, including his support of the upper-floor revolving loan fund, a program that helps defray the cost of development through the issuance of low-interest loans.

He said he wants to bring higher-paying jobs to Hagerstown through marketing efforts.

Last month, Bruchey successfully pushed a proposal through the council to spend $58,000 to hire four local businesses to market the city.

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Bruchey said he is proud to have led the development of the city's Arts & Entertainment District in the first block of South Potomac Street.

If elected, Bruchey would like to put a freeze on the property tax rate for senior citizens in certain income brackets, he said. The income guidelines would have to be formulated later.

"We have to find ways to protect these senior citizens," he said. "They can't afford to live here anymore."

Bruchey said he also would try to save the city money by working to change its municipal elections to coincide with the gubernatorial ones.

Last year, the Washington County Board of Elections said the city could save about $60,000 by piggybacking on the gubernatorial or presidential elections.

The council opposed the proposal.

Bruchey is a graduate of Smithsburg High School and attended Hagerstown Community College. He said he served with the military police in the Army, and retired from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in 1994 after 15 years of service.

He is the manager of Hagerstown Motors.

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