Candidate wants to bring common sense to government

Walter C. Frazee says lack of answers from officials motivated him to get involved

July 23, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Walter C. Frazee

Washington County Commissioner candidate Walter C. Frazee, a Smithsburg resident and self-employed maintenance mechanic, said he hopes to bring some common sense to Washington County government.

"A lot of citizens I talk to and other people, we all have questions about why things are the way they are," said Frazee, 52. "I get no answers, so I decided to get involved."

One of Frazee's concerns, he said, is a decline in community services.

"It seems there is not as much happening for the citizens," he said.

Frazee said he would like to look at what citizens are getting for their tax dollar and would seek to give them their money's worth.

Frazee said he thinks residents are "taxed to death" and "fee-d to death," and while he said a decrease in taxes might not be possible now, he would not support any tax increases.

Frazee said Hagerstown Regional Airport is not bringing enough of a return on the investment the county has made in it and said he would like to see it better promoted.


"Marketing is a major concern of mine," he said.

Frazee also said he would like to improve communication with state and federal officials.

"I think there's more grants to be had and more resources to be had," he said.

Frazee said he set up an e-mail address,">, for his campaign.

Frazee is one of 12 Republican candidates for county commissioner who will face off in the Sept. 14 primary. The top five Republicans will advance to the general election on Nov. 2. One Democrat and one Green Party candidate also have filed to run for commissioner.

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

Walter C. Frazee

Date of birth: July 25, 1958

Address: 23506 Leathers Road, Smithsburg

Education: Graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1976

Occupation: Maintenance mechanic

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: First run for office

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