Notes from the trail

August 21, 2000

Notes from the trail

The Democratic and Republican committees of Washington County will have fall campaign headquarters almost within sight of each other in downtown Hagerstown.

The Democrats will reopen their offices at 12 Jonathan St. about Oct. 1, according to Terry Smith, treasurer of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee. Party officials hope to have the office staffed by volunteers during the day and evening. Some Saturday hours are also planned, Smith said.

The phone number is 301-797-4385.

The Republicans have opened their office at 138 W. Washington St. in downtown Hagerstown. Committee Chairman Vince Dellaposta said the office should be open from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The phone number is 301-739-2118.

The Republicans are having trouble getting their permanent line moved to the Washington street office because of the telephone strike. Richard G. Everhart, coordinator of the George W. Bush campaign for Washington County, said he hopes the phone will be working at the new headquarters by this week.


Each campaign headquarters will have signs, buttons and other campaign literature for the presidential, as well as U.S. Senate and House, races.

"It's important to have campaign headquarters," Dellaposta said. "You need to let people know you care about the candidates."

Raising funds

Washington County Democrats will hold their annual picnic Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Redman's Park near Williamsport. Cost is $12.

Democrats expected to attend include U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., and congressional candidate Donald DeArmon.

Washington County Republicans will hold a golf tournament Sept. 7 at Black Rock Golf Course. Cost is $60 per person for golf and dinner. Call Richard G. Everhart, 301-797-4966, to register.

Election Board vacancy

The Washington County Election Board has a vacancy for the Democratic Party alternate. The Washington County Democratic Committee is taking applications and will make its recommendation to the governor to fill the seat vacated by Jim Sprecher. The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 28, said county Democratic treasurer Terry Smith.

Bloodied but determined

Margy Rappaport, wife of U.S. Senate candidate Paul Rappaport, recently required more than 100 stitches to treat a campaign wound, according to her husband's campaign.

She was helping volunteers put up signs in Howard County last week when she was accidentally hit with a 12-pound maul. She was taken to the Howard County General Hospital emergency room for treatment.

According to a press release, "she is ready to resume the campaign."

- Compiled by Don Worthington

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