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Republicans choose Bruchey

March 10, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II gathered 53 percent of the vote during the Republican primary Tuesday to advance to the general election on May 19, according to unofficial results from the Washington County Board of Elections.

Bruchey gathered 465 votes to Ann Holtzman's 344 votes, according to unofficial election results. A third mayoral candidate, Jonathan R. Burrs, received 70 votes.

The election results won't become official until the absentee ballots are counted Thursday, said Eve McGrory of the City Elections Board. Forty-eight of the 55 Republican absentee ballots that were issued have been returned, she said.

In a show of good sportsmanship, Holtzman walked across the lobby of the Washington County Board of Elections to shake hands with Bruchey as soon as the results were announced.

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"I want to thank all the citizens for voting for me," Holtzman said. "I was humbled by the experience."

Bruchey said he ran a hard campaign and, if he wins the general election, might incorporate some of the ideas Burrs and Holtzman brought up during the primary.

"They brought up good points ... points that I won't forget," Bruchey said.

Bruchey thanked the residents of Hagerstown for taking part in the Democratic process on Tuesday.

Bruchey will face Democrat David S. Gysberts during the general election.

Gysberts said Tuesday that he will begin placing campaign signs around town and is planning to have a fundraiser Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to a positive campaign," Gysberts said. "I'm not running against anyone. I'm running for the City of Hagerstown."

The winner of the general election will take office June 1.

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