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Some candidates for mayor are political newcomers

February 24, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

Jonathan R. Burrs and Ann Holtzman will challenge incumbent Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II during the City of Hagerstown's Republican primary on March 10.

Kaye Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said the highest vote-getter will advance to the May 19 general election to face David S. Gysberts, who is running as the lone Democrat.

Bruchey also served as mayor from 1997 to 2001, but lost a re-election bid to William M. Breichner.

He was appointed in 2006 to finish the remainder of the term of former Mayor Richard F. Trump, who resigned from office less than a year after being elected in May 2005.

Burrs and Holtzman are political newcomers.

Gysberts unsuccessfully applied in 2006 to replace former Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin Aleshire after Aleshire resigned from the council to serve as a Washington County Commissioner.

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To fill the void that Aleshire left, the City Council appointed Martin E. Brubaker, who is one of 14 candidates running in the council race this year.

The winning mayoral candidate will take office June 1, said Donna Spickler, Hagerstown's city clerk.

The mayor earns $28,000 per year.

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