Russo seeks House seat

March 30, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

ANNAPOLIS - David M. Russo, a pharmacist and business owner in Hagerstown, has filed to run for the Republican nomination for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 2B.

Russo, 46, has never run for elected office before. But he said his experience as owner of the Medicine Shoppe on Cannon Avenue and president of the state Board of Pharmacy has prepared him well for a move into politics.

"It seems like a natural transition for me," he said.

He said he will run on issues such as preserving farm land in the county and improving the operations of state government. He said he also would promote greater cooperation between city and Washington County officials on issues like the county's water and sewer debt.

"We could go so much further together," Russo said.

Russo has served on the Pharmacy Board, which regulates pharmacists in the state, for five years. He has served as president for two years.


Russo, who lives on Trotter Drive in Beaver Creek Estates southeast of the city, is the only person so far to file for election in District 2B. The district covers southern and eastern parts of the county, including the towns of Sharpsburg, Keedysville and Boonsboro, and the communities of Dargan, Rohrersville and Beaver Creek.

Incumbent Del. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, has announced he will run for re-election to a fourth term, but has not yet filed.

The filing deadline is July 6.

Russo said he respects Poole, but he said he disagreed with the incumbent on several issues this year, including Poole's votes against a property tax cut.

Russo said he has a master's degree in business administration and is completing studies this year for a law degree from the University of Baltimore. He is a native of Adelphi, Md. He is divorced and the father of two children.

Members of the House of Delegates make $29,700 a year, but they 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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