Cline running for Washington County Commissioner

May 03, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Former Williamsport Town Council member Jeff Cline has filed to run for Washington County Commissioner.

Cline, 53, said he is well-informed about community issues, and has the flexibility in his job as a Realtor to dedicate his time and energy to constituent services on a full-time basis.

"I believe I have the ability and the experience and the time to make a difference," Cline said.

Cline, a Republican, said one of his top priorities as commissioner would be the effective and efficient use of tax dollars.

"Implementing strategies to lower the costs of county services is imperative to lessen the financial burdens on county residents while maintaining essential services such as our police, fire and EMS obligations," Cline's campaign manager, Mike Guessford, wrote in a news release.


Cline's campaign platform also will focus on jobs, economic development, education, tourism and property tax relief for senior citizens, Guessford said.

Cline said he would actively listen to his constituents and form positions accordingly.

"I want to recognize that my role is that of a public servant," he said.

Cline is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and vice chairman of the county's Water Quality Advisory Commission. He served a two-year term as a member of the Urban Growth Area Citizens Advisory Committee.

He ran for mayor of Williamsport in 2009, but lost to the incumbent mayor, James G. McCleaf II.

During his term on the Williamsport council, Cline served on the Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors as a district vice president for three years and directed the MML "If I Were Mayor" essay contest for fourth-grade students in Washington County.

He plans to formally announce his candidacy Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center in downtown Hagerstown.

Just the facts

Name: Jeff Cline

Date of birth: Sept. 25, 1956

Address: 13 S. Artizan St., Williamsport

Education: Williamsport High School (1974), Hagerstown Community College (1993), currently in senior year at Mountain State University, seeking bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership

Occupation: Realtor with Roger Fairbourn Real Estate of Hagerstown

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Williamsport Town Council member, 2005-09

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