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DeArmon to face Bartlett

March 08, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett easily won the Republican nomination to run for a fifth term in Congress Tuesday, while congressional aide Donald M. DeArmon scored a convincing victory in the four-way race for Democratic nominee.

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According to unofficial returns, Bartlett won 76 percent of the vote in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary, carrying all six counties in the Western Maryland district.

Returns were complete in all counties except Howard, where one precinct's returns had to be counted by hand because of equipment failure.

Bartlett, 73, even trounced challenger Timothy R. Mayberry in Washington County, Mayberry's home county, where Bartlett received 62 percent of the vote.

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The Republican race was marked by bitterness at times, with Mayberry charging that Bartlett has been silent on matters of economic importance to the district.

The Boonsboro banking consultant criticized Bartlett's votes against flood and drought relief in Western Maryland and said he failed to do enough to keep Fort Ritchie from closing.

Bartlett defended his record and questioned whether Mayberry had a rationale for running. Both candidates share solidly conservative views on most issues.

Mayberry, 43, resigned as treasurer of the Maryland Republican Party after an assistant state attorney general advised the state Board of Elections that Mayberry could not run for office while holding a party position.

Bartlett will defend his seat in November against DeArmon, a veteran staffer on Capitol Hill. He works on the appropriations committee staff of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.

DeArmon, 44, stressed education and health care reform during the campaign in his second try for the office. He lost the Democratic nomination in 1994.

"I'm real pleased. We put on a vigorous effort, and it appears to have paid off," he said. "Now, of course, the trick is to carry that momentum over to the general election."

DeArmon fended off a challenge from John Ewald, 36, a physical education teacher from Laurel, Md.

Ewald took just under 24 percent of the vote, losing all but his home county of Howard. There, he took 49 percent of the total.

In Washington County, Ewald finished second with 19 percent.

Anthony J. McGuffin, 47, a teacher from Ellicott City, Md., finished third with 13 percent of the vote on the strength of his second-place showing in Howard County.

Walter E. Carson, 56, an attorney for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, came in fourth with 9 percent of the vote. Carson, who said he plans to move from Silver Spring to western Howard County, stressed campaign finance reform in his bid.

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