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Ann Holtzman, 65

Republican

Republican

February 20, 2009

Mayoral candidate Ann Holtzman will square off against incumbent Robert E. Bruchey II and Jonathan R. Burrs in the Republican primary on March 10.

The top vote-getter will advance to the general election on May 19.

Holtzman said she fell in love with Hagerstown after she moved here in 1974 from Montgomery County, Md.

"I began my career in Hagerstown as the first female Allstate Insurance agent in the country," she said.

Holtzman said she opened her own Allstate branch on Edgewood Drive in 1986 and, by the time she retired in 2001, was in the top 3 percent in growth accounts among 1,500 agents across the United States.

She said she can use her business experience to help the city succeed and decided to run for mayor to bring cooperation and professionalism to city council meetings.

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The city government needs to curb the number of businesses that are closing downtown by offering more help, Holtzman said.

"We need to find out what they need," she said.

Holtzman said she became a single mother to her two young sons when she was divorced in 1981 and knows what it is like to make ends meet.

If elected, Holtzman said she would continue to make improvements in the downtown area and also would fix up other neighborhoods by having the city's high school students do the work as part of their Student Service Learning requirement.

"It would make them take pride in their neighborhoods," Holtzman said.

In 1991, Holtzman co-founded the Hagerstown City Police Victim Assistance Unit to provide comfort and aid to crime victims.

"It's strictly volunteer," she said. "... I'm well aware of numerous crime and safety issues facing Hagerstown and will continue to work with the City Police officials to facilitate increased efforts to ensure citizen and community safety."

Holtzman said she graduated from United High School in Armaugh, Pa., and attended college.

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