Campaign 2000 - Notes from the trail 10/9

October 09, 2000

Campaign 2000 - Notes from the trail 10/9


Looking to find out the candidates stand on issues?

For the race in Maryland's 6th Congressional District check out the web site of incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett,, and his Democratic challenger, Don DeArmon,

Bartlett's site includes question and answer sessions with newspapers in his district.

DeArmon's site also include a section on his stand on various campaign issues.

Investigation Asked

Green Party write-in candidate for the 6th Congressional District Tim McCown wants an investigation into allegations that American missile technology was given to the Chinese and that campaign contributions to the Clinton campaign were part of the deal. To get an investigation of the issue McCown said it would require not only a independent counsel but "an independent Congress, one not on the campaign cash habit."

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.


Maryland residents can also request a voter registration application by calling 800-2220-VOTE or at

The deadline for absentee ballot application is Oct. 31.

The deadline to register in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is Oct. 10. The phone number for voter registration in Franklin County, Pa., is 717-261-3886; in Fulton County, Pa., is 717-485-3691 or 717-485-0086; in Berkeley County, W.Va., it's 304-264-1989; in Jefferson County, W.Va., it's 304-728-3246 and in Morgan County, it's 304-258-8547.

Eight seek school Board posts

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. Wagner and Russell S. Williams.


The Washington County Teachers Association has endorsed W. Edward Forrest, Roxanne Ober, Bernadette M. Wagner and Russell S. Williams in the Washington County School Board race.

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council has endorsed W. Edward Forrest, Roxanne Ober, Bernadette M. Wagner and Russell S. Williams in the Washington County School Board race, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes re-election bid, and Al Gore for president.

In the mail

The Washington County Board of Elections will soon be mailing a sample ballot to registered voters. The purpose is twofold, local Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said. One is to educate voters, the second is to begin the process to remove the name of registered voters who no longer live in Washington County by having undeliverable sample ballots returned to the Board of Elections.

State questions

Two constitutional amendments appear on the Maryland ballot on Nov. 7.

The first question is whether to exempt the Cecil County Board of County Commissioners from the state requirement elections be held every four years. Cecil County wants to have staggered terms with elections every two years.

The second question is whether to authorize the Prince George County Council to buy property "upon a finding of immediate need for redevelopment."

Election forums

The Washington County PTAs will hold a dinner and School Board candidates forum on Thursday 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 at 1 p.m., Oct. 18 at the technical high school. Students representatives from the county's eight high schools will question the board candidates. The forum is not open to the public.

The League of Women Voters-Washington County Unit and students at Hagerstown Community College will hold a School Board candidates' forum at 7 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Classroom Building-Auditorium at Hagerstown Community College. For more information call, Spring Ward 301-790-2800, ext. 409.

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 Saturday from 9:30 a.m. 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.

- Don Worthington

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