Commission candidate wants to make building easier

July 11, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Commissioner candidate Charlie Henson said that, if elected, he would seek to remove obstacles to building in the county.

"If we want this county to grow again, we need to change a lot of things," he said.

Henson, 57, has owned the Henson Insurance Agency for 35 years.

"I've had interaction with builders, all the local people in the county, and I see what they're faced with," he said.

Henson said the county's permits and inspections process discourages construction.

"We tend to make things difficult, in my opinion, as far as spurring the building trade," he said. "We have stifled that due to our process of building inspections and the cost to do building in the county."

He said he would like to see additional reductions in excise tax, like the local stimulus program that ran from Oct. 1 to March 26.


"We're losing too many of our people to West Virginia and Pennsylvania," he said.

Henson said he was born in Washington County, raised three children here and plans to die here.

"Washington County is a beautiful place to live," he said.

Henson said he is a strong promoter of the United Way of Washington County and a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church.

He is one of 12 Republican candidates for county commissioner who will face off in a Sept. 14 primary, with the top five advancing to the general election Nov. 2. One Democrat and one Green Party candidate have also filed to run for commissioner.

All five county commissioner seats are up for election. The commissioners are paid $30,000 a year and the commissioners president is paid $33,000 a year.

Name: Charlie Henson

Age: 57

Street address: 20533 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown

Education: Associate of arts degree in business administration from Hagerstown Junior College, 1974

Occupation: Insurance agency owner

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: None

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