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Donoghue files for re-election

June 22, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Maryland Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, has filed for re-election to his House of Delegates seat in District 2C.

Donoghue, a Hagerstown resident, filed Friday. He cited his desire to continue work on health-care legislation as a major factor in his decision to seek a third term in office.

"I'm very pleased with that work and I want to continue," he said.

Donoghue, 41, a stockbroker, is a former member of Hagerstown City Council. He narrowly won election to the House of Delegates in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994.

As chairman of the House of Delegates' subcommittee on health care, he sponsored legislation that helped guarantee minimum hospital stays for women after they gave birth. Legislation he sponsored this year establishes a formal grievance and appeals process for patients denied coverage by their insurance companies or health maintenance organizations.

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The legislature will face many more health-care issues in the coming years, he said.

"There are so many problems that need to be addressed," Donoghue said.

Donoghue, who chairs Washington County's legislative delegation, was also instrumental in the passage of the county's tip jar gaming law in 1995 and subsequent amendments in 1996 and this year.

The gambling law requires fraternal clubs, bars and taverns to make minimum charitable donations from their tip jar proceeds through the county Gaming Commission.

District 2C includes nearly all of the city of Hagerstown.

No one else has filed for election to the seat, although there has been speculation that former Del. Paul Muldowney would run in the Democratic primary.

Muldowney, who has frequently criticized Donoghue on various issues, has not said if he will run. The filing deadine is July 6.

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

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