Get to know the town: Harrington City Councilmember Charles Baugher, Jr.

Charles Baugher, Jr. was recently sworn in as the newest member of the Harrington City Council. Read more to learn about Mr. Baugher.

Name: Charles Baugher, Jr.

Age: 64-years-old

Hometown: Frederick, Md.

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Golf Links Irrigation; Part-time at Ace Hardware

TJ QA CharlesWhen did you move to Harrington?

“I’ve been here for 22 years now. I got down this way when I was in Air Force. I was in the Air Force for about 3 1/2 years in air craft weapons and went to Thailand during the Vietnam War.”

Tell us about your occupations?

“I’ve been at Ace Hardware for a little over 5 1/2 years now. It’s something I enjoy because I enjoy meeting people and being around them. I have also owned my business, Golf Links Irrigation, for over 20 years now. I like helping out people. Working at Ace Hardware is great because I also like helping them save a little bit of money and do something themselves. I believe they’re a well-rounded company and it’s close to home.”

Why work a job while running your own business?

“I took it on when we had bad winters and the housing crunch a few years ago. Our business stayed pretty steady during the housing crunch. I believe it stayed steady because we’d been in business for so long and people told others. Word of mouth is really everything. To get that, you have to treat people right.”

Why were you interested in joining the council?

“It actually took me kinda by surprised. It was [Mayor] Tony’s idea; he’s been trying to get me to run for several years now. In my business, I stay pretty busy and I said I just don’t have time, but maybe one day. I just wasn’t ready. But he came to me again. He felt like I was qualified and the right person for the job. I said well, I don’t know much about it right now but I sure can learn. We learn things every day and that’s good for us really.”

What are your hopes for your involvement in the council?

“It’s kinda hard to say right now. I think the town is headed in the right direction. I felt one reason to be on the council is that it needs new faces. New faces bring new ideas and new ideas are what I think the council needed. They just changed it to be two terms now [for council members]. I think that’s good. The more people you get involved in something like this in a small town, the better off you can be.”

What else do you like to do?

“We would like to travel a little bit, but that’s kind of out of the question right now. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis, so we have to stay pretty close to home. She’s from Georgia though, so we like to go down there in the winter time. We used to have a camper and enjoyed camping, but we had to sell it because she couldn’t get in and out of it anymore. But in the future, once I retire, we would like to vacation for a week or two.”

Is there anything you would like to tell the public?

“I think that the best thing the public can do right now is get involved. The city has a lot of that going on with heritage day coming up [August] and national night out [October], which is very good for the town. We have movie nights, too. A lot of towns don’t have that kind of stuff. Our town is headed in the right direction; we just need more involvement. More times than not, the ones who complain aren’t the ones who are helping out. I’m really new to this and I’m sure I’ll get into it a little deeper as I go along with more ideas and some good suggestions. It’s just going to take a little bit of time.”

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