City campaign notes

March 01, 2001

City campaign notes

Voting Equipment Demonstration

A public demonstration of the voting equipment to be used in the Hagerstown primary election is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the former McBare's Pub Building at 25 S. Potomac St., the Washington County Election Board said this week.

A test of the equipment will be conducted by processing several certification decks of ballots through the voting equipment that will be used in the March 13 primary.

The ballots are similar to those used in the federal, state and county elections.

The voting equipment test is required by state law.

Absentee ballot request deadline Tuesday

Tuesday is the last day to turn in absentee ballot applications for the Hagerstown primary election on March 13, the Washington County Election Board said this week.

Voters who are physically unable to go to the polling place or those who will not be in the city on election day can qualify for absentee ballots.


Absentee ballot applications can be mailed to the voter, or the voter or a designated representative can pick up an application from the Election Board office at 33 W. Washington St. Room 200.

To receive an absentee ballot, a voter's absentee ballot application must be returned to the Election Board office by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

After Tuesday, the Election Board can issue emergency absentee ballot applications.

For additional information contact the Election Board at 301-791-3030.

Only Democrat and Republican voters may vote in Hagerstown's primary election.

Union endorsements

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council is endorsing seven candidates in the City of Hagerstown's March 13 primary election.

The endorsements went to Democratic council candidates Kristin B. Aleshire, N. Linn Hendershot, Penny Nigh, Steven T. Sager and Larry Vaughn, and Republican council candidates Victoria K. Bodnar and Steve Zaks.

The group did not endorse a mayoral candidate.

Seven Republicans and eight Democrats are vying for five council seats.

The race for mayor has two Democratic candidates and one Republican candidate.

The primary is March 13.

The general election is May 15.

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council represents 50 local unions with about 10,000 members in Washington and Frederick counties.

Hear the candidates

Candidate interviews on WHAG radio 1410-AM are scheduled through March 10. Host Will Kauffman says that not all candidates have scheduled sessions, but the ones who have include:

- Today, Republican council candidate Alfred W. Boyer at 4:05 p.m., Democratic council candidate N. Linn Hendershot at 4:20 p.m., and Republican council candidate Paul H. Toothman at 4:40 p.m.

- Monday, March 5, Democratic council candidate Kristin B. Aleshire at 4:40 p.m.

- Tuesday, March 6, Republican council candidates Carol N. Moller at 4:05 p.m., Michael E. Nehring at 4:20 p.m., and Victoria K. Bodnar at 4:40 p.m.

- Thursday, March 8, Democratic mayoral candidate William M. Breichner at 4 p.m., Democratic council candidate Lewis C. Metzner at 4:20 p.m., and Democratic mayoral candidate Eugene E. "Buddie" Morris at 4:40 p.m.

- Friday, March 9, Democratic council candidates Larry Vaughn at 4:05 p.m. and Ira P. Kauffman at 4:20 p.m., followed by Republican council candidate Steve Zaks at 4:40 p.m.

See the candidates

The Washington County chapter of the League of Women Voters has planned two events to bring candidates and voters together.

- Saturday, March 10, the league will hold a "meet the candidates" session at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown's City Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

- Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m., the league and Hagerstown Community College Professor Spring Ward's government and politics class will hold a candidate forum at HCC's Valley Mall campus.

- Dan Kulin

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