Wivell says local experience is good for a delegate

July 26, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

State legislators are better when they understand governance at the local level, said Republican William J. Wivell, who's running for delegate.

Finishing his third term as a Washington County commissioner, Wivell said too many state laws are either burdensome or don't make sense.

Wivell, 46, of Smithsburg, said 12 years as a county commissioner is enough.

"I really am a believer in term limits," he said.

He's running for the Subdistrict 2A seat now held by Del. Andrew A. Serafini.

Wivell, Serafini and Denny Stouffer will compete for the Republican nomination in a Sept. 14 primary.

Neil Becker is the only Democratic candidate.

The general election will be Nov. 2.

Delegates serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 a year.

Wivell said local experience is one of three reasons he's running for delegate.


He also wants to ease what he said he sees as excessive regulation, which can hit Washington County hard because businesses can easily move to West Virginia or Pennsylvania.

The recent income tax hike on people earning at least $1 million a year also drove people away, resulting in less revenue than projected, he said.

Finally, Wivell said, the state needs a more conservative fiscal approach.

He said spending and debt are rising, yet Program Open Space, which helped the counties develop parks, is being cut.

In 2008, Serafini was appointed to the seat in Subdistrict 2A -- which includes Smithsburg, Maugansville, Halfway and Williamsport -- after Robert A. McKee resigned. The Washington County Republican Central Committee chose Serafini over 18 other applicants, including Wivell.

Wivell filed to run for the 2A seat in 2002 when McKee was going to be redistricted into 2B, but the boundaries were thrown out in court. Wivell pulled out of the race.

Wivell, whose wife is running for county commissioner, said he considers the 2A seat open because Serafini wasn't elected.

He concedes that by filing a few days before the deadline, he got a late start. But he's not anticipating raising much money and said he hates asking for it.

"I've always run low-key, low-cost campaigns," he said. "I practice what I preach."

Maryland State delegate candidate, Subdistrict 2A

Name: William J. Wivell

Date of birth: June 9, 1964

Address: 49 E. Water St.

Hometown: Smithsburg

Education: Associate degree in business from Hagerstown Community College in 1984; bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting, with a concentration in computer programming, from Shepherd University in 1986; master's degree in business administration from Mount St. Mary's University in 1991

Occupation: Business manager for Saint James School; worked as a certified public accountant for Allegheny Energy for 19 years; is a certified public accountant

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Washington County commissioner since 1998

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