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Martin E. Brubaker, 62

Democrat, Incumbent

Democrat, Incumbent

February 20, 2009

Brubaker was appointed to the council in December 2006 to replace Kristin B. Aleshire, who is now a Washington County Commissioner.

He said he stands for conservative fiscal policies and managed growth.

A longtime member of the Hagerstown Planning Commission, Brubaker now serves as an ex-officio member of that group and was a leader in recent efforts to update the city's comprehensive plan, which guides development for the next 20 years. The updated plan was approved by the council in April.

In May, Brubaker voted to decrease the city's property tax rate by one cent per $100 in assessed value. He said he feels that when property values are increasing, the city should provide for its capital needs and protect necessary services, but should also look to give some of the property tax assessment back to the taxpayer.

He said his other goals would be to continue to improve relations with the county and with the county's delegation to the General Assembly, to bolster the central business district and to seek funds for the central library.

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Brubaker is retired from a career as a management and budget official for Montgomery County, Md., and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Gettysburg (Pa.) College. He serves on the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and is on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity-Washington County.

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