Cumberland Times-News

April 24, 2013

Striplin entering race for county commission seat

Former school board member finished fourth in 2010 campaign

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Tom Striplin plans to announce his 2014 candidacy for a spot on the Allegany County Commission this evening during a campaign kickoff at the Maplehurst Country Club, according to a press release from Citizens for Tom Striplin.

He will be the fourth candidate to announce he’s running for the office. All three incumbents have already filed for re-election.

Striplin had not formally filed by late Wednesday afternoon, elections officials said.

Striplin was elected to and served on the Allegany County Board of Education from 2006 to 2010.

This will be Striplin’s second run for the office of county commissioner.

In 2010, Striplin came in fourth for the three positions available, trailing elected candidate Bill Valentine by less than one percent of the vote.

Striplin is a resident of Mount Savage where he lives with his wife, Jamie.

He has also served as past Speaker of the House for the American Association for Respiratory Care.

He serves on the Lonaconing Lions Board of Directors, and the legislative and economic development committees of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

Striplin is the director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care program at Allegany College of Maryland, a position he has held for the past 25 years.