Longtime Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner is seeking another term in office.
Metzner, a Democrat, filed for re-election Dec. 20, according to Washington County Election Director Kaye Robucci.
First appointed to the city council in 1994, he has won re-election each cycle since.
“What I like about running for city council ... is that you are not running against anybody; you are running for one of five seats,” he said.
As Hagerstown looks to the future, Metzner said downtown will be an issue the next board must tackle.
“Clearly, our downtown is in real need of something,” he said.
Likewise, the economy, which often has been blamed by some for downtown’s woes, will continue to plague the city’s budget, Metzner said.
Hagerstown will face substantial economic obstacles in the coming term and in the coming months when the city compiles its next fiscal year budget, he said.
Metzner, who will be on the Democratic ticket in the April primary, said he considers himself a more moderate candidate — not on the extreme of any issue — who is reasonable.
As city voters prepare to choose their elected officials this year, they will likely be asked to further define their elective process.
The current city council plans to place a nonbinding question on the Nov. 6 general election ballot that assesses whether voters want partisan politics to be removed from future city elections.
Regardless of what voters decide, Metzner said that, if re-elected, he will follow the will of the people.
In 2009, the city asked voters whether they wanted to move the city election to coincide with the presidential election cycle.
Voters overwhelmingly favored the move and Metzner said he voted this summer to change the cycle.
When asked if he would again follow the electorate’s will on the issue of nonpartisan elections — a change he has openly favored — he responded, “There is no doubt in my mind, yes.”
The city council primary is scheduled for April 3. The general election is Nov. 6. Council members are paid $8,000 annually and are eligible for city health benefits.
At a glance
Name: Lewis C. Metzner
Date of birth: Dec. 13, 1952
Address: 322 E. Irvin Ave., Hagerstown
Education: 1970 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, 1974 graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, 1977 graduate of University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctor.
Occupation: Lawyer with Metzner & Hadigan Attorneys at Law
Experience: Metzner said he previously ran for mayor of Hagerstown, county commissioner and state senator. He was appointed to the Hagerstown City Council in October 1994, when then-councilman John L. Schnebly moved out of the city. Metzner has served on the council since.