Stup seeks seat in House of Delegates

February 14, 1998


Staff Writer

SMITHSBURG - Richard L. "Rick" Stup, a Frederick, Md., land surveyor and member of the Frederick County Planning Commission, announced Friday he is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 3.

Stup, 51, made his announcement at the Smithsburg Town Hall - a symbolic location he said he selected to show he intends to serve the entire district, which includes parts of both Frederick and Washington counties.

"I think it's very important to get the message out that although I live in Frederick County and I work in Frederick County, the Washington County constituency means just as much to me," he said.


Stup shares the same last name as current District 3 Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington. He said he is a distantly related to Anita Stup's husband and considers the delegate "an extremely good friend."

But Stup, who calls himself a conservative Democrat, added he intends to chart his own course in running for office.

"I offer another view that really hasn't been reflected in this district for many years," he said.

He said that view is of someone who has a blue-collar background, having worked his way up the ladder in the surveying business. He is now the director of and project manager of Loiderman Associates Inc.

He also has a variety of experience working on various boards and commissions, and has testified before General Assembly committees on various land-use matters and other issues. That experience would serve him well if he is elected, he 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.

Anita Stup already has said she is not seeking re-election to the three-member district this year. Neither of the other two House incumbents, Republican Del. Louise V. Snodgrass and Democratic Del. Sue Hecht, have formally announced their plans.

Joseph R. Bartlett, the son of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., is the only candidate other than Rick Stup to formally file for election in the district.

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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