Commissioners candidate Robin Wivell wants to stop 'mindless spending'

August 04, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

From fighting for a better school environment to protecting children from adult magazines, Washington County Commissioners candidate Robin Lynne Wivell said she takes action for what she believes is right.

"When my children entered the school system here in Boonsboro, I just started becoming homeroom mom, getting totally involved in the school, and then, all of a sudden, almost running the school at one point," Wivell said. "... I take charge, and if I see a deficit, I try to fix it."

Wivell, 45, is married to current County Commissioner William J. Wivell, who is running for state delegate. They were married in August 2008.

She said she and her husband agree on many, but not all, issues, and she described herself as "more vocal than he is."


"We're both extremely conservative," she said. "Sometimes, he says that I'm more conservative than he is."

Robin Wivell said she moved to Washington County in 1991 after researching the area and deciding it was a good place to raise her family. She has four daughters from a previous marriage.

Wivell said she got involved in local politics when her older daughters attended Boonsboro High School and she appealed to first the school, then the school board and county commissioners, for better lighting and other improvements to the school. That experience led Wivell to press for districted school board seats to ensure all areas of the county are represented equally, she said.

Wivell, who describes herself as a devout Catholic, recently led a push to get a convenience store chain to move its adult magazines behind the counter and said she would like to see the state pass a law requiring stores to do so.

As a county commissioner, she said, she would focus on strong financial management, including controlling spending and improving efficiencies in government.

She said she wanted to stop "mindless" spending, such as the $10,000 the county contributes to a community lobbyist in Annapolis.

Before supporting spending, Wivell said she would require a full justification that answers questions like "Will it be cost effective?" and "Will it promote common good for all?"

She said she supports transferable development rights, tax relief for businesses that pay above-average wages and cost-effective "green" initiatives such as greater use of roundabouts in traffic design.

Wivell is one of 12 Republican candidates for county commissioner who will face off in a Sept. 14 primary. The top five Republicans will advance to the general election 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 a year and the commissioners president is paid $33,000 a year.

Robin Lynne Wivell

Age: 45

Address: 49 E. Water St., Smithsburg

Education: Attended Northern Virginia Community College and Hagerstown Community College; is a student at Shepherd University

Occupation: Part-time facilities coordinator at Saint James School

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: First run for public office

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