McKee seeks new House term

March 30, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

ANNAPOLIS - Saying he has enjoyed working both in and out of the State House during the past four years, Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, has filed for re-election to his seat in the House of Delegates.

"I think in some small way, I've been able to serve the citizens and I would like to continue to do so," McKee, of Halfway, said last Thursday.

McKee is the only person so far to file to run for either party's nomination in District 2A, which covers the western part of Washington County, including the towns of Williamsport, Clear Spring and Hancock.

The filing deadline is July 6.

McKee was elected to the seat in 1994 in a victory many political observers viewed as a major upset, beating then-Washington County Commissioners President Richard E. Roulette.


McKee has served on the House Ways and Means Committee, a panel that deals with tax legislation, education and other issues. The committee played an important role in last year's passage of a 10 percent state income tax cut.

"It's been a fascinating experience," he said.

If re-elected, he said he hopes to continue to serve on Ways and Means.

McKee has participated in discussions that led to passage of several pieces of county legislation, most significantly the laws to regulate tip jar gambling at fraternal clubs, fire companies and private taverns.

McKee said he has enjoyed helping constituents solve their problems.

McKee, 48, is a graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Junior College and Lynchburg (Va.) College. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Frostburg State University.

McKee is employed as executive director of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Washington County.

Members of the House of Delegates make $29,400 a year, but are scheduled to receive a raise of $1,809 over the next four years.

The primary election is Sept. 15 and the general election is Nov. 3.

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