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Washington County Commissioners, school board will have new faces

July 06, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

o Candidates for county, state and federal races

Washington County will have at least two new county commissioners and two new school board members after the coming election.

Commissioner William J. Wivell said Tuesday that he decided three terms is enough. Instead, he has filed to run for Maryland delegate to work on state issues that have a local impact.

He will be one of two Republicans challenging incumbent Andrew A. Serafini in a Sept. 14 primary in Subdistrict 2A. There is one Democrat in the race, too.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file for office.

Wivell's wife, Robin Lynne Wivell, is running for county commissioner, also as a Republican. She was considered for a vacant school board seat in 2007, but this is her first time on the ballot for elected office.

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Republican James F. Kercheval also isn't running for another term as commissioner. He is taking a job as executive director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee.

The other three incumbents -- Democrat Kristin B. Aleshire and Republicans John F. Barr and Terry Baker -- are seeking re-election.

Of the three school board members whose seats are up for election, only one -- Paul W. Bailey -- is running for another term.

Board member William H. Staley decided not to run again. Board member Ruth Anne Callaham is running for county commissioner instead.

Before Tuesday, there were four candidates for those three seats. On Tuesday, seven more people filed, for a total of 11 candidates.

One was Staley's son, James W. Staley.

James Staley, who retired after 25 years as a maintenance worker for the school system, said he thought it would be a neat "passing the torch thing" if he were to win his father's board seat.

Aleshire is the only Democratic commissioner candidate. There are 12 Republicans, who will face off in a Sept. 14 primary, and one from the Green Party.

Patricia Heck, the chairwoman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, said last month at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner that the party should field candidates in every race.

It fell short of that goal for some offices, but succeeded in others.

Heck said Tuesday that she was pleased the Democrats have candidates for the Washington County state delegate seats.

At the same time, she was disappointed that no Democrats filed for county commissioner, other than Aleshire.

In 2006, the county commissioner race had 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

Democrats also didn't field a candidate in the District 2 race for state Senate. Incumbent Donald F. Munson is facing Christopher B. Shank, the current Subdistrict 2B delegate, in a GOP primary.

In Subdistrict 1C, incumbent LeRoy E. Myers Jr., a Republican, got a last-minute challenger in Democrat Ronald Lohr, who filed on Tuesday.

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