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Analyst enters Md. delegate race

June 29, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

The race for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 2B in Washington County is getting more crowded with the addition of Republican Seth Wilson.

Wilson, 27, vice president of the county Republican Club, said he wants to campaign on strong conservative values, particularly fewer taxes and less government.

"You don't want to wake up one day and find that your life is being managed cradle to grave by the government," Wilson said.

Wilson joins fellow GOP members David M. Russo, president of the state Board of Pharmacy, and former Washington County delegation legislative assistant Christopher B. Shank in vying in the primary for the chance to unseat three-term Democratic Del. D. Bruce Poole.

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No Democrat has yet filed to challenge Poole in that party's primary election.

District 2B covers the southern and eastern parts of Washington County, including Sharpsburg, Boonsboro and Keedysville.

Wilson, who lives east of Hagerstown on Warrenfeltz Lane, is a Washington County native who graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1988.

He said his interest in politics goes back to involvement in the College Republicans at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., from which he graduated in 1992 with a degree in economics and physics.

He said he has always believed in conservative values.

"I've always been interested in just what government is doing for and to everybody," he said.

Wilson said Poole and other local lawmakers often "go along to get along" in the legislature, and fail to represent their conservative constituents properly.

"I want to see some conservative leadership there, and not just rolling over because the rest of the assembly is voting that way," he said.

Wilson, who is employed as an applications analyst for Hood College in Frederick, Md., said he has volunteered for or supported other area Republicans in past campaigns, including state Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, and U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md. He said he also supports Republican Ellen Sauerbrey in her campaign for Maryland governor.

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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