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Letter to the Editor

May 04, 2009

Party is not key



To the editor:

I know there are a number of folks who are aware of and have commented negatively on my support for candidates other than Democrats for the upcoming Hagerstown election. As a citizen who happens to live in the city and happens to be a Democrat holding local public office, I do not feel that the city focus is primarily on partisan issues, nor should I be expected to support a person simply because of party affiliation, regardless of how well I think they will manage the affairs of the city I happen to be a taxpaying citizen of.

I have attended most of the forums, spoken to many of the candidates and have read much of their published material, as well as viewed their personal Web media. I am also familiar with some of the candidates through past and current personal, civic and professional relationships, so I feel as a voter I have at least some knowledge of why I support each of the candidates I have chosen.

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Since these actions have apparently and unfortunately created some public reaction, I would like to comment briefly on those candidates who I have chosen and why. I support Bill Breichner for his experience and diplomacy, Marty Brubaker for his attention to detail, Forrest Easton for his steady practical thought process, Ashley Haywood for her genuine positive approach and Lew Metzner for his unique ability to find compromise.

I know this may offend some within the Democratic party, which is certainly not my intention, but as a citizen of Hagerstown, I believe from my review of each candidate to date, the above would make a fine, well-balanced council to positively lead this city forward. As I believe voting to be a personal decision made through the conscious efforts of every citizen to educate themselves on each candidate, this letter is certainly not meant to attempt to sway public opinion, but rather to dispel further confusion and comment on the position I have chosen to take as a voter of a community I truly care about and enjoy living in.

Kristin Aleshire
Hagerstown

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