Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford took in the sights and tastes of Hancock last Tuesday, October 18 as part of their “Walk Across Maryland” tour of towns and cities.
Mayor Tim Smith led the Governor and Lt. Governor on a brief walk around town, where they spoke with local police officers and council members. Hogan’s visit ended with milkshakes at the Potomac River Grill and photo on the Hancock bridge.
While Mayor Smith had mentioned the possibility of a visit from the governor, no advance notice about last Tuesday’s tour was released publicly.
Town Manager Mike Faith, who was part of Hogan’s visit, said the governor’s office didn’t publicize the walking tour because of concerns about a large group of residents walking with Lt. Governor Rutherford on Pennsylvania A venue, as he hiked from the Pennsylvania line down into Hancock.
“The Mayor spoke briefly with Gov. Hogan about the progress the Town is making in attempting to attract new businesses and the challenges we face with our aging infrastructure,” Faith said.
“He asked the Governor to remember Hancock when creating the budget for next year. Even though he will be out of office, due to time constraints the outgoing Governor customarily prepares a budget for the new Governor,” Faith said.