Campaign 2000-Notes from the trail

September 18, 2000

Campaign 2000-Notes from the trail

Bartlett states positions

"I don't know if I'm kinder, gentler," said. U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in response to a recent Baltimore Sun article that characterized him that way after a campaign appearance in Howard County.

The story did, however, accurately state Bartlett's position on the death penalty. He now supports it only in cases such as drug kingpins where the crime is clearly premeditated. He said, "in crimes of passion it is not a deterrent."

Bartlett said he changed his opinion after the 1998 execution of Karla Faye Tucker in Texas. Tucker was committed in the 1983 break-in and murder of two people. In prison she became a born-again Christian.

"She was a totally different person that the one who committed the crime," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said he did not know if his stance would be reflected in his Congressional votes. "It depends on how bills are structured," he said, noting except for amendments, legislation is rarely specific to single issues.


At the Howard County forum Bartlett was asked about his stand on abortion.

"I'm strongly pro-life. Abortion is wrong," Bartlett said. He said he supports states' attempts to put limits on Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that gave women a right to an abortion.

Bartlett said neither issue appears to be a campaign issue this year. He is seeking his fifth term. He is opposed by Democrat Don DeArmon. Timothy D. McCown is a write-in candidate for the Green Party.

"The No. 1 issue is education and the No. 2 issue is the moral status of the country. People are tried of seeing filth and violence on TV." Bartlett said of this year's election.

Pierpont on the road again

Perennial Maryland candidate Ross Z. Pierpont is again touring the state, but this time he's looking for readers instead of voters. Pierpont's latest run for office was in the Republican Party's primary to pick a candidate to run against U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes. In his 14th bid for office, Pierpont lost to Paul Rappaport.

Pierpont is hawking his autobiography, "Never, Never Ever Give Up!," as well as his health care plan, which he claims could save the federal government $575 billion. Pierpont is backing the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney ticket because he said the Republicans might give his plan a chance. "The Democrats just want bigger government," he said.

Bartlett: Taxpayers shouldn't pay for party conventions

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-6th, has introduced legislation to ban the use of taxpayer funds for national party nominating conventions. Bartlett estimates taxpayers paid $13 million to each of the national conventions this summer. "They're just big parties for the party elite," he said of the conventions.

Eight seeking seats on Washington School Board

Eight candidates are on the Nov. 7 ballot for the Washington County School Board. Four candidates will be elected to four-year terms on the board.

The candidates are:

John W. Cohen, W. Edward Forrest, Edwin M. Hayes, Andrew R. Humphreys, Doris J. Nipps, Roxanne Ober, Bernadette M. Wager and Russell S. Williams

Election Forums

The Washington County PTAs will hold a dinner and School Board candidates forum on Oct. 12 at the Ramada Inn. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the forum at 8 p.m. Cost is $25. For more information call Jenny Belliotti 301-739-2126.

The Washington County Association of Student Councils will hold a candidates' forum a 1 p.m., Oct. 12 at the technical high school. Students representatives from the county eight high schools will question the board candidates. The forum is not open to the public.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will hold a 6th District Congressional forum at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Four Points Hotel.

Women at the Table meeting

Women at the Table will sponsor a "Voices of Experience" meeting on Oct. 14 from 9:30 to noon at the Hagerstown Women's Club. The meeting is for women interested in running for office or being appointed to a government position. The speaker will be state Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington County. For more information, call Sharon Leatherman, 301-223-8874.

Getting out to vote

The Washington County unit of The League of Women Voters will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

Plans for the upcoming year will be discussed, as well as a review of the Maryland State's League's study on voter participation.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Spring Ward 301-790-2800, ext. 409.

Getting registered

The deadline to register for the Nov. 7 election in Maryland is Oct. 13 by 9 p.m. The Washington County Board of Elections is at 33 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The phone number is 301-791-3030.

The deadline in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is Oct. 10. The phone number for voter registration in Franklin County, Pa., is 717-261-3886; in Berkeley County, W.Va., it's 304-264-1989 and in Jefferson County, W.Va., it's 304-728-3246.

- Don Worthington

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