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Donoghue holds off Muldowney

September 16, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Incumbent Del. John P. Donoghue defeated former state legislator Paul D. Muldowney in the Democratic primary for the District 2C seat in Tuesday's primary election.

Donoghue received 1,385 votes to Muldowney's 1,091, according to complete but unofficial results.

"I'm very proud of the campaign I ran. I'm very proud of my record over the past eight years and I'm looking forward to serving the citizens of Hagerstown over the next four years," Donoghue said after the results were tallied.

With no Republican opposition in the district, the Democratic primary victory virtually guarantees Donoghue will retain his General Assembly seat.

Muldowney had no comment following the results, according to a woman who answered the telephone at his home and identified herself as a friend of the family.

Muldowney, 63, a Hagerstown resident, served in the House of Delegates from 1979 to 1986 before losing to current Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, in a Democratic primary. He has since run unsuccessful campaigns for the state Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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He was a member of the Washington County Gaming Commission.

Muldowney had said he would not wage a negative campaign against Donoghue, 41, a city resident who has served in the House of Delegates since 1991. But in campaign materials, Muldowney challenged Donoghue's actions in the legislature.

One of Muldowney's criticisms was that Donoghue did not vote against taxpayer funding for two professional football stadiums.

Donoghue spent much of the campaign touting his work on health care matters in the legislature, including sponsorship of legislation that guaranteed a 48-hour hospital stay for new mothers.

"I ran on my record and I ran a positive campaign. I'm pleased with that," Donoghue said.

District 2C roughly includes the Hagerstown city limits.

Members of the House of Delegates currently make $29,700 a year, but are scheduled to receive a raise of $1,809 over the next four-year term.

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