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Two plan run in new proposed legislative district

January 11, 2002

Two plan run in new proposed legislative district



By LAURA ERNDE
laurae@herald-mail.com


One day after a legislative redistricting plan opened up a Maryland House of Delegates seat in northern Washington County, two political newcomers declared they will seek the office.

Republican LeRoy Myers Jr. and Democrat Peter E. Perini Sr. both said Thursday they will run in the proposed Washington County District 2A, which covers the northern tier of the county from Big Pool to Cascade.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, represents the district as it is now drawn, but he lives just outside the new boundaries proposed Wednesday by Gov. Parris Glendening.

In order to run for re-election, he would have to move or face a primary against Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

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McKee could not be reached for comment Thursday. Still recuperating from a Dec. 27 accident, he plans to join the General Assembly on Monday.

Glendening's redistricting plan becomes law Feb. 22 unless the Maryland General Assembly can come up with a new plan before then, which is considered to be unlikely.

Perini, 38, who lives north of Hagerstown, said his decision to run evolved from an interest in the legislative redistricting process.

He said he followed the process to make sure the northeast section of Washington County, now represented by lawmakers from Frederick County, got local representation.

Perini and Myers were in Annapolis for opening day of the legislature Wednesday.

Perini was there Thursday and spent some time with members of the Washington County delegation.

Although it's a conservative district, Perini said he doesn't see that as a drawback for a Democrat.

"A person who may have extreme views may have difficulty. I think that as a businessman in the community that I have similar views to the constituents of the new district," he said.

Perini, whose family owns Perini Construction Inc. of Hagerstown, has filed the required paperwork.

Perini is president of Magnolia Management in Hagerstown, which manages five nursing homes in the state.

Myers, 50, has long considered a run for public office, but said his decision became clear Wednesday when he saw that the redistricting plan opened an empty seat that includes his home in Clear Spring.

Myers said he's a good person to protect the interests of the district where he has lived all his life. "People that know me know that I'm a fighter," he said.

Myers said he has no personal agenda.

"My desire is right from the heart. I want to go down there and serve the people," he said.

Myers said he is interested in issues of farming, conservation and education.

Myers owns two farms, which he leases to farmers who plant crops on the land.

Like Perini, Myers is the son of a contractor.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he bought out the commercial side of his father's business in 1985 and formed Myers Building Systems Inc. of Clear Spring.

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