Candidates for Hagerstown City Council address downtown events center

October 03, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
  • A Hagerstown City Council candidate forum Wednesday included, from left, Kristin Aleshire, Larry Bayer, William Breichner, Martin Brubaker, moderator John Latimer, Ashley Haywood, Lewis Metzner, Donald Munson and Penny Nigh.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Eight candidates running for Hagerstown City Council participated Wednesday morning in a forum at which they fielded questions and offered their positions on the construction of a $30 million multi-use stadium and entertainment complex downtown.

About 45 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, at the Academy Theatre on East Washington Street.

All five City Council seats will be up for grabs during the Nov. 6 election.

Below are the candidates’ responses to the stadium question:

Kristin Aleshire, 37, Democrat.

Aleshire said too many questions about the stadium remained unanswered.

“How many of you would proceed ... supporting a business proposal like that if you hadn’t seen a copy of your lease, if you hadn’t seen an environmental report of the property, if you hadn’t seen a financial estimate and model for the business product and you hadn’t seen any designer or engineering plans?” he asked. “That’s basically what you’re asking this candidate to do is to answer a question like that without seeing any of that documentation. And frankly, for a good part of this discussion on this specific topic, I think that’s the way the general public out there feels, the general voter (in) the city feels.”

Aleshire said he believed the city was following the right path by promoting education downtown with projects such as the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the expansion of the Washington County Free Library and doubling the size of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

“I think we need to make that our priority for downtown,” he said.

Lauren “Larry” Bayer, 61, Republican.

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