Ed Forrest was born and raised in Washington County. His mother was a career educator, teaching in WCPS for over 30 years. His late father owned and operated a small business in Funkstown. Ed attended Washington County Public Schools and graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1981. He continued his education in the University of Maryland System graduating from the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy in 1986. Ed has been a community pharmacist for 32 years and has been employed with Martin’s Pharmacy for over 23 years.
Ed was elected to the Washington County Board of Education in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He served in a variety of leadership roles including 3 terms as President of the Board of Education
Ed and his wife Kathy have been married for 30 years. Kathy is employed by Washington County Public Schools as the principal of Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School in Hagerstown. Together, they raised 3 children who all attended Washington County Public Schools. Their son Ben and daughter Alison are graduates of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School Of Pharmacy. Ben is a pharmacist for an independently owned pharmacy in Salisbury Maryland and Alison is a pharmacist for Martin’s Pharmacy in Hagerstown. Their youngest son Jonathan graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in Hagerstown. He holds his Airframe and Powerplant license and is an aircraft maintenance technician in Easton, Maryland.
Candidate proposes economic development changes
To the editor:
The departure of Kassie Lewis as head of business development for Washington County should be a wake-up call to change the way our county tries to compete in the arena of economic development. It takes on even greater importance as the county sets a path forward for the coordinated development of Cascade, the Mount Aetna Technology Park and the entire county.
If elected as a county commissioner, I will advocate for the creation of an independent economic development commissioner with the ability to recruit new business and assist existing businesses in the community with the guidance and support of the volunteer Economic Development Commission. One only need look at our neighbor in the north to see the success L. Michael Ross has had in bringing new business to Franklin County.
I will propose we use funds acquired from the hotel/motel tax to establish the new commission. In the most recent report, Washington County took in approximately $2.1 million in hotel tax revenue. Half currently goes to the very worthwhile endeavors of the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism. It is worth noting the independent and effective nature of the WCCVB.
The other half goes for a grant system awarding funds for various projects throughout the community. If we can expand our tax base through economic growth, the county will then be able to assist in funding projects through normal tax revenue while allocating funds from the hotel/motel tax for the salary of a full-time EDC commissioner, staff and the associated advertising required to bring new business to our community.
Washington County has a great deal to offer businesses looking for a place to establish a presence. We need an independently focused, full-time individual to take the lead and bring the best jobs possible to Washington County.
Candidate for Washington County commissioner