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John T. Zimmerman, Jr. for Walkersville Town Commissioner

 1.  Tell our readers about yourself (family, education, employment, community involvement, etc.):
I have lived in Walkersville all of my life. I have been married to Debbie Zimmerman for 33 years, and we have three children; J.T., Jayme, and Jenna. We have five grandchildren; Aubrey, Johnny, Adalyn, Ella, and Clara. I am part owner of Auburn Farms Inc; Walkersville’s only working dairy farm. I have been involved in the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company since I was 16. I am currently the President of the fire department and have held various other positions throughout the years. I am also a member of the Sheriff’s Advisory Board for Frederick County, Glade Cemetery Board, Southern States Petroleum Board, Frederick County Farm Bureau, and Glade United Church of Christ.
 2.  What prompted you to file as a candidate for the Town of Walkersville government?
I was born, raised, and still live in Walkersville. Walkersville is and will always be my home.
 3. What is your main priority if elected?
Attend every town meeting with my eyes wide open and listening.
 4. What are the most important issues facing the Town of Walkersville, and how will you address those issues?
The water plant is the biggest issue for the Town. Next is the sidewalks. They are in terrible shape. Last but not least, we must get the building at Heritage Farm Park built! Project Open Space (POS) funds are tied to this project. The Town must complete this project before we get new funds.
 5. How long have you lived in Walkersville?
My entire life; 58 years.
 6. How can Walkersville’s Government support business development within Walkersville?
I don’t think that the Board can go out and solicit businesses for the Town of Walkersville. I hear people talking about replacing the bank in the Safeway shopping center with a Dunkin’ Donuts; but these big chains want and need more population.
7. What are your plans to inform more residents of issues and events in Walkersville?
Word of mouth communication and getting out in the town, and talking to residents. Also getting community organizations involved. Citizens should attend more Town meetings. Out of the candidates running for election, Tom Gilbert, Mitch Brannen and myself are the only ones that make it a habit to attend!
8. What are your thoughts on growth in Walkersville?
I think that with the three new developments that are coming on board in Walkersville we will have to play catch up on the road system. Route 194 will have to be broadened.
9. The following topics will likely come before those elected in September. Please give your thoughts on these topics:
a. Proposed Revision to the Monocacy River Management Plan:
The plan infringes on property owners and farmer’s rights. There are already regulations in place that govern land use requirements and practices used by farmers.
b. Rock Creek School Relocation to Walkersville Middle School property:
The school is properly zoned (FCPS). FCPS owns the land. I don’t know what the Town Commissioners can do but make suggestions!
c. Solar Farm on Biggs Ford Road:
I currently rent the ground on Biggs Ford Road. I feel I must recuse myself from the subject.
d. Water Rates to pay for the new Water Treatment Plant:
Water rates are going up now. The previous Board put that in place.
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