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Nelson running for state Senate

July 07, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

H. Victoria "Vikki" Nelson, a member of the Washington County Republican Central Committee, is seeking election to the Maryland Senate seat in District 2.

Nelson, 54, will face incumbent Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, in the party's primary. No Democrats have filed for the seat.

Nelson said she will campaign on promoting standard conservative values, such as battling taxes and government regulations - issues with which she said she is familiar as a business owner.

"It's a growing monster," said Nelson, owner of Jarnel Crane Rentals and Jarnel Iron and Forge in Hagerstown.

She would not say what specific concerns she has with Munson, who has been in the General Assembly since 1975.

"I don't want to talk about him in that light. I don't have a gripe against Mr. Munson," she said.

Last year several county Republicans grumbled when Munson and other members of the county's legislative delegation supported legislation that forced the county to restore labor relations with a union that represented roads workers and other employees.

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Nelson said she disagreed with Munson and the rest of the delegation on that action because they overturned an earlier decision of the Washington County Commissioners to decertify the union.

"That was a specific county issue and it should have (remained) that," she said.

Munson continued to defend his vote on the union matter.

"That was the right thing to do," he said.

As for Nelson's candidacy, giving Munson his first primary challenge since 1974, he said, "It's a free country, and you just put your money down and you take your chances."

Both candidates said they intend to work hard in the coming months to meet voters.

"It very well could be a tough road," Nelson said.

Nelson has been heavily involved in local GOP politics for the past several years, serving on the Central Committee and other organizations. Most recently she has been coordinating GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey's campaign in Washington County.

Senate District 2 includes most of Washington County, including Hagerstown and southern and western parts of the county. The northeastern section of the county and areas just north of Hagerstown belong to District 3.

Members of the state Senate 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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