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Candidates line up for Commissionerís race

Susan Prasse

(2/16) With three open positions on the board of commissioners, numerous candidates have announced their bid for one of those three seats. Democrat Paul Kellett announced his 2015 candidacy for Adams County Commissioner to his supporters at The Lodges at Gettysburg in late January. Kellett, a Freedom Township resident believes itís important to be able to explain why the commissioners vote a certain way or why something needs to be done. Even though the current board of commissioners remain well balanced with unanimous voting, asserting that heíll stay true to his values when it comes down to the final vote. Kellett is a licensed realtor and contractor, he believes that saving farms, protecting water and promoting economic growth are key factors in Adams County.

Republican candidate Bruce Hollinger of Carroll Valley also announced his candidacy for one of the three open seats. Hollinger hopes his decade of supervisory experience can bring even greater efficiency to county government practices. Hollinger, is perhaps best remembered for his recently dismissed lawsuit against Adams County regarding their administration of the Clean and Green Program. Hollinger is a self-described fiscal conservative who values basic rights via the U.S. Constitution and seeking the truth and justice in government.

McSherrystown Borough Council member David "Scotty" Bolton said he will file as a "lifelong registered Republican," but will welcome the support from Democrats that helped him with his current post. "I don't think local government should be about parties - it should be about people," he said. While having great praise for the three current commissioners, Republicans Randy Phiel and Jim Martin and Democrat Marty Qually, Bolton said, "They're all great guys who care about the county, but I think the democratic process serves the people best when they have choices."

Republican Jim Smith announced his candidacy in late February. He believes he can help find the "delicate balance" between both agricultural preservation and economic development. Smith, who has been a Germany Township supervisor for a year, has owned many businesses over the past 30 years. Smith grew up in Hanover, but has been a resident of Germany Township for 12 years. He says if he is elected, one of his goals would be to look into the county's prison system, which is 28 percent of the county budget. Smith pointed out that is almost one-third of the budget. "I think Marty Karsteter Qually has a clear vision of that as well and great intentions to do something about that. I would look forward working with him on that."

The Primary election will be held May 19. Voters will select two candidates from each party to move onto the general election held on November 3. With only two members from each party moving forward, neither party can win all three seats that are open, a state requirement designed to ensure minority representation on county commissioner boards.

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