On the topic of the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team, Bruchey said he hopes the issue is settled by the time the general election rolls around, but said he fully supports the Single A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Keeping them in Hagerstown is important for a number of reasons, he said.
“The Hagerstown Suns are a big economic driver for the city of Hagerstown,” Bruchey said. “It currently brings in over $3 million a year in direct spending in the city and Washington County.
“It’s just too important to let them go and not even be able to offer a stadium that is up to (Minor) League Baseball standards.”
The Suns keep more than 100 jobs in the city, benefit tourism and should be important to every elected official, he said.
With the Suns considering a move to Winchester, Va., Bruchey said “there’s no doubt in my mind” that elected officials in the city, county and state need to collaborate to either improve Municipal Stadium or build a new facility.
“I have a great working relationship with the county commissioners and our (legislative) delegation,” he said. “There’s a long history there of being able to get projects that succeed. It’s important that we collaborate on this one, too.”
Bruchey first was elected mayor in 1997, then lost a re-election bid in 2001. Another try for the office fell short in 2005, when he lost to Richard F. Trump. He was appointed to the post in 2006 after Trump resigned.
Bruchey, who works as a manager at Valley Auto Center in Middletown, Md., defeated Democrat David S. Gysberts in the 2009 election, the same year the city council voted to move municipal elections to align with the presidential elections.
Gysberts is running on the Democratic ticket again this year and will face the winner of the Bruchey-Caron primary race in the Nov. 6 general election.
Bruchey is a 1976 graduate of Smithsburg High School. He also attended Hagerstown Community College.
The mayor of Hagerstown’s annual salary is $28,000.
Name: Robert E. Bruchey II (incumbent)
Date of birth: Sept. 16, 1958
Address: 905 Woodland Way, Hagerstown
Education: 1976 graduate of Smithsburg High School; took courses at Hagerstown Community College
Occupation: Manager at Valley Auto Center in Middletown, Md.
Party affiliation: Republican
Political experience: Served as elected mayor of Hagerstown, 1997-2001; appointed mayor of Hagerstown, 2006-09; re-elected mayor of Hagerstown, 2009-present