Hagerstown mayor to run for City Council, won’t seek re-election as mayor

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will not seek re-election as mayor of Hagerstown and will instead run for a seat on the Hagerstown City Council.

Bruchey filed candidate paperwork Tuesday with the Washington County Board of Elections to appear on the ballot as a City Council candidate in the April primary.

Hagerstown elections are nonpartisan.

Bruchey was first elected mayor in 1997. He was selected in 2006 to fill a mayoral vacancy, and he was elected again in 2009 to another full term. He lost the mayor’s seat in 2012 to David S. Gysberts. Bruchey defeated Gysberts in a mayoral re-match in 2016.

To date, two candidates have filed paperwork to run for mayor: Andi Overton and Michael E. Barnes. Hagerstown City Councilwoman Emily Keller is expected to announce her 2020 political intentions at a planned evening event on Jan. 22.

City Council members Shelley McIntire and Austin Heffernan have filed to run for a full term on the Council. McIntire and Heffernan were appointed to fill Council vacancies during the current term.

Political newcomers Tekesha A. Martinez and Travis Aaron Sites have also filed to run for Council seats.

Maryland’s primary is set for April 28.

This story will be updated. 

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