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Gilligan looking for urban, rural balance

July 30, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

As a state delegate, Paul J. Gilligan would work for rural preservation and urban livability, he said.

If small cities such as Hagerstown and Frederick attract residents through their vibrancy, open space and sound transportation, there's less of a need or desire to carve up the countryside, Gilligan said.

At the same time, farmers should be compensated for keeping housing developments off their property, he said.

"Farmers can sit on millions of dollars (of land) and never get a nickel out of it," Gilligan said.

He said the state has good protection programs in place, such as Rural Legacy and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation.

Gilligan, a former mayor of Burkittsville, Md., is running for state delegate in Subdistrict 3B, which is mostly in Frederick County, but also has a small piece in Washington County.

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Even though Charles A. Jenkins, the Republican incumbent, is running for a full term, Gilligan said he considers 3B to be an open seat. Jenkins was appointed in January to fill the rest of Richard B. Weldon's term after Weldon resigned.

In the Sept. 14 GOP primary, Jenkins is facing Michael Hough.

Gilligan is the only Democratic candidate.

The general election is Nov. 2.

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

Gilligan, 63, was mayor of Burkittsville from 1995 to 1998. He said municipal leaders learn their way around state government because that's where they get grants and other funding.

Gilligan said his experience in town government and private business are a good foundation for state office. He retired after 25 years from the U.S. Public Health Service, and he founded and served as the CEO of Chesapeake Kidney Center Inc. for 23 years.

Other issues likely to be important in the campaign, Gilligan said, include taxation, education and expanding the use of alternative energy, such as biofuel, which could boost local farmers.

He said he's against raising taxes on an electorate already stressed by a lousy economy. He also is against promising to reduce spending until the specifics are known and it's clear that needed programs won't be slashed.




Paul J. Gilligan



Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1946

Address: 108 W. Main St., Burkittsville, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola College in 1970; completed training in hospital record management in 1972; master's degree in health from Johns Hopkins University in 1977

Occupation: Retired from U.S. Public Health Service after 25 years, founded Chesapeake Kidney Center Inc. and served as CEO for 23 years

Party affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: Mayor of Burkittsville from 1995 to 1998; ran unsuccessfully for Subdistrict 3B delegate in 2006

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