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Next generation enters political fray

January 21, 1998

Next generation enters political fray

By GUY FLETCHER

Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS - Joseph R. Bartlett, the son of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, has announced he is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 3, which includes parts of Frederick and Washington counties.

Bartlett said his own political aspirations, not his father's urging, prompted him to run for the state legislative seat.

"Frederick County and Maryland are very important to me and I just wanted to get involved," said Bartlett, 28, who lives near Middletown, Md.

Bartlett said he has the experience to run a campaign; he managed his father's last re-election bid in 1996 and volunteered during the 1994 race.

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A 1994 graduate of Frostburg State University, he said he works as a political fund-raiser and has helped to develop computer software aimed at helping campaigns deal with federal election laws.

He said his conservative beliefs played a major role in his decision.

"I think this district needs a strong, conservative voice, and I want to be that voice," Bartlett said.

District 3 includes all the city of Frederick and much of the western half of Frederick County. It also includes communities in the northeast and northern parts of Washington County, including Smithsburg, Cascade and Maugansville.

One District 3 delegate, J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington, has said she would not seek another term.

No one else has filed with the state election board to run in the race in the three-member district, but Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, mailed a fund-raising letter to constituents last year saying she wanted to continue to serve the district.

The other District 3 representative, Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, has announced she is running, but would not specify the race in which she would participate.

Members of the House of Delegates make $29,700 a year. The primary election this year is Sept. 15. The general election is Nov. 3.

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