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Hecht wants new term in House of Delegates

June 04, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland Del. Sue Hecht, a Democrat who represents parts of Frederick and Washington counties, said she will seek re-election to the House of Delegates in District 3 to continue the work she started during her first term in office.

"I have a whole lot more to do," said Hecht, 50.

She ticked off a list of accomplishments during the past four years, from serving on important legislative panels to authoring legislation that increased state funding for school buses.

"I just love my job and I think I have been effective," she said.

Hecht, former executive director of the nonprofit Heartly House shelter for abused spouses in Frederick, was first elected in 1994. She used her professional experience to support legislation aimed at toughening the state's laws addressing domestic violence and sexual offenses.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, she worked to secure state funding for various local projects, such as the construction of a new District Court building in downtown Hagerstown.

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Hecht's was one of the loudest voices among local officials to call for the regulation of tip jar gambling in Washington County bars and fraternal clubs. A series of bills sponsored by the county delegation require that a percentage of the money raised by tip jars go to local charities, fire and rescue companies, and other nonprofit groups.

"I think the community should be proud. It was an extremely difficult process that all sides came together on. And I think it's a model for the rest of the state," she said.

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

Hecht, a Frederick resident, is the fifth person to announce a candidacy for the three-member district. Another incumbent, Republican Louise V. Snodgrass, also is seeking re-election.

Challengers include Democrat Richard L. Stup, a member of the Frederick County Planning Commission, and Republicans Timothy Brooks and Joseph R. Bartlett, the son of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.

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

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

The filing deadline is July 6.

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

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