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Snodgrass seeking re-election

May 19, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Citing a desire to continue working for grass-roots causes in the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, has filed for re-election in legislative District 3.

"I really think I do make a difference," Snodgrass, a Middletown, Md., resident, said Monday.

A former burgess of Middletown, Snodgrass, 55, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1994. She said she used her experience in local government to fight for "people issues" that don't receive much publicity.

One example was her sponsorship last year of legislation that toughened the penalty on drivers who fail to yield to blind, deaf or mobility-impaired pedestrians.

"I know that was very, very important to them," she said.

During this year's legislative session, Snodgrass and other Western Maryland lawmakers scored a victory with legislation that allows the state to join a milk price-setting compact with other states. The bill, aimed at helping the state's ailing dairy industry, was passed in the final days of the 90-day session.

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"That was the best. Western Maryland (legislators) really worked it with all the other colleagues in the General Assembly," she said.

District 3 covers most of the eastern part of Frederick County, including the city of Frederick, and the northeast section of Washington County, including areas such as Smithsburg, Cascade and Maugansville.

District 3 Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington, has announced she will not seek re-election this year. The third incumbent, Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, has not announced her intentions.

Snodgrass is the fourth person, but the first incumbent, to file for election to the three-member district. Challengers include Democrat Richard L. Stup, and Republicans Timothy Brooks and Joseph R. Bartlett, the son of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.

Richard Stup is a distant cousin of Anita Stup's husband.

The top three vote-getters in the November general election will win seats in the House of Delegates.

Snodgrass said she won't change her campaign style of getting out and meeting voters, nor is is she taking any support for granted.

"I always prepare for a tough election because if you're complacent you're not really doing you job," she said.

Members of the House of Delegates make $29,700 a year, but are scheduled to receive a raise of $1,809 over the next four years.

The filing deadline is July 6.

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

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