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William M. Breichner, 77

Democrat

Democrat

February 20, 2009

Breichner served as Hagerstown mayor from 2001-05 and as a city councilman for three terms.

"Anyone who runs (for office) is interested for progress and the future of Hagerstown," he said. "I believe I can make a contribution." Breichner said he wants to see downtown continue to succeed. To do that, the city needs to bring in "moderate-income types." "We need to provide services that people need in their everyday living—like a loaf of bread and a quart of milk," he said. "That sort of thing is needed if you're going to have residential services." Breichner said some of his biggest accomplishments while he served in office include helping secure funding for the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown and University Plaza.

He also helped facilitate the demolition of the former Double T Lounge on South Potomac Street so development could proceed, he said.

"I think that was an accomplishment in itself," Breichner said.

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Breichner graduated from St. Mary's High School and then served in the Navy from 1951-53, he said. After being discharged, he worked for the City of Hagerstown as a draftsman, superintendent of water and city administrator.

"The City of Hagerstown was a great employer," he said. "They treated me well."

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