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Washington Co. Commissioners say too early to talk about election

November 13, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- With less than one year until the 2010 general election, the current Washington County Commissioners haven't committed yet to another run.

Asked Tuesday about their plans, four commissioners said it was too early to say.

"I'm still thinking about it," Commissioners Vice President Terry Baker said. He guessed that he wouldn't know for another three or four months.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval said he won't think about the next election until the county gets through what looks to be a difficult budget process.

Commissioner William J. Wivell said he hasn't made up his mind and wasn't sure when he might.

Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said rumors that he'll run for state senator or delegate in 2010 aren't true. He wouldn't commit to seeking re-election as a commissioner, but said it's the only public office he's considering. He estimated that he'd decide by Jan. 1.

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Commissioners President John F. Barr didn't attend Tuesday's commissioners meeting. He didn't return messages left on his cell phone Wednesday and Friday.

All five commissioner seats will be up for election in the Nov. 2, 2010, election. There are no official candidates yet.

Barr, Aleshire and Baker are completing their first four-year term. This is Kercheval's second term and Wivell's third.

Aleshire is a Democrat. The other four commissioners are Republicans.

Last year, when Robert A. McKee resigned from the Subdistrict 2A state delegate seat, Wivell and Kercheval were among 19 people who applied to fill it.

Andrew A. Serafini was chosen as McKee's replacement.

Jeff Cline, a former Williamsport councilman who also tried for the 2A seat, has formed a fundraising committee for the 2010 election. At his campaign Web site, he says he's considering running for county commissioner and expects to decide in the spring.

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, as of Friday, no one in Washington County had filed to run in 2010 for treasurer, state's attorney, circuit court clerk, register of wills, orphans' court judge, sheriff, board of education or Republican and Democratic central committees.

Candidates have until July 2010 to file.

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