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Campaign Notes

September 14, 1998

Republican voters who do not look closely at Tuesday's ballot may not realize they can vote for nine candidates for the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

The central committee decided this summer to expand from seven to nine positions.

"Some of the big counties are going that way," said David L. Smith, a central committee member who is seeking re-election.

Smith said the group felt having more members would make it easier to divide up work. He also said some thought it might generate more interest in the committee.

Smith noted there are 16 candidates.

"It seems to have worked," he said.

The central committee attracts little attention but plays an important role in local politics. Smith said the group provides vital support for Republicans seeking other offices.

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The central committee also plays a crucial role if a GOP officeholder dies in office. When that happens, the committee appoints a temporary successor.

GOP Internet site




Republican voters who are looking for last-minute guidance before heading to the polls Tuesday can turn to the Washington County Republican Club for one-stop shopping in cyberspace.

The club's Internet site - http://members.aol.com/wcrepclub/index/home.html - includes links to several GOP candidates for various offices.

Candidates from gubernatorial hopeful Ellen R. Sauerbrey down to candidates for Washington County Commissioner have campaign sites on the site.

The site also contains information about the club's picnic last month and an exhortation from club president Peg Stoner to vote in Tuesday's primary.

"Thought for the month: Go to the polls and VOTE," she writes.

School board meeting attendance




At a forum last week, school board candidates were pressed on their attendance at Washington County Board of Education meetings during the last 12 months.

The three incumbents - B. Marie Byers, Robert L. Kline and Doris J. Nipps - attended regularly.

For the challengers, attendance varied:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Paul W. Bailey said he attended a minimum of six and a "good number" of school board work sessions.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Lenora Barnhart said she attended 15 meetings and watched on TV.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> W. Gordon Crabb said he has attended most meetings during the last three years.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> William Ross Cunningham said he has been to about 10 meetings and has watched others on TV.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Philip G. Goldman said he has not attended any meetings.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Ricky A. Hockensmith said he has attended two meetings and watched another one on TV.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Mildred "Mickey" Myers said she has attended about a half-dozen meetings in the last 12 months and "rarely misses" watching on TV.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Christina Hammer-Atkins said she has seen several board meetings on television and attended school board meetings in Frederick County, Md., when she was a teacher there.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> J. Herbert Hardin said he has attended about seven meetings and watched eight to 10 others on television.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Stephen E. Popper said he has not attended a meeting, but watched one on cable.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> David L. Resh Jr. said he has watched about four on television in the last six months.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Mary L. Wilfong said she has attended four school board work sessions and three meetings. She said she usually records and watches televised meetings.

Voters on Tuesday will vote for five candidates, paring the field of 15 down to the top 10, who will face off in the general election on Nov. 3.

Dropouts not necessarily bad




At the same forum, candidates offered their views on how to reduce the school system's dropout rate.

Everyone, that is, except for Goldman, who said the dropout rate isn't such a bad thing.

"I'm not in favor of reducing the dropout rate," he said. "They are disruptive."

Before leaving school, dropouts cause problems for the rest of the students, said Goldman, who has been a substitute teacher in the county's high schools for the last five years.

- Brendan Kirby

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