Munson files for re-election to state Senate

June 04, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, a member of the state legislature for more than 23 years, has filed for re-election to his seat in District 2.

Munson, 60, said he never had any doubt he would run again.

"I just think I still have something to contribute to the system," he said.

Munson, a Hagerstown resident, was first elected to the General Assembly in 1974, spending his first 16 years in the House of Delegates. He has been in the state Senate since 1990.

He has served on numerous committees and panels, and is a member of the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which has great influence over the state's budget and other financial matters.

Munson said the role has enabled him to help Washington County secure state funds for local projects, such as requests from organizations like Girls Inc., the Rohrersville Band and the Memorial Recreation Center.


"It's sort of like bringing the money back that the constituents paid in taxes," he said.

Munson said helping constituents work through problems with the state bureaucracy has been rewarding. He said each year his office handles thousands of constituent service calls.

"We've been able to do a lot of good things for a lot of people," he said.

District 2 includes most of Washington County except for the northeast section. It include Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Williamsport, Clear Spring and Hancock.

No other candidates have filed for election to the seat. Munson said he doesn't know if there will be an opponent.

"The old saying is, 'You put your money down and you take your chances,'" he said.

The filing deadline is July 6.

Munson said even if he runs unopposed he will campaign in the door-to-door style that has become his staple. He said it's impossible to knock on every door in the district, but he intends to reach those areas he missed during the 1994 campaign.

"Regardless of whether I'm opposed or not, my name's still on the ballot," he said.

Members of the state Senate make $29,700 a year, but will receive a raise of $1,809 over the next four years.

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

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