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Many likely to vie for new seat

January 14, 2002

Many likely to vie for new seat



By LAURA ERNDE
laurae@herald-mail.com


Several people have emerged as possible candidates for a new Maryland House of Delegates seat covering southern Frederick and Washington counties.

Democrat Charles E. Smith of Knoxville, Md., said he probably will try to get back the job he lost 20 years ago.

Smith, 53, was first elected as a delegate in 1974, which put him in the same freshman class as House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, and Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

After losing the election in 1982, Smith turned his attention to raising his children and running American Air Conditioning and Heating in Frederick, Md.

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But Gov. Parris Glendening's reapportionment plan, released this week, created a new delegate district, 3B, in which no incumbents live.

The new district covers about 28,000 people in southern Frederick County and about 11,000 people in southern Washington County, including about 6,000 prisoners at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown.

"I'm coming with eight years experience in the legislature. We need people with experience. I think I can bring a lot to the table for Washington County and Frederick County," he said.

Other possible candidates include Del. Joseph R. Bartlett, R-Frederick/Washington, who in order to run would have to move into the new district from Middletown, Md.

Bartlett lives in a district crowded by three other Republican incumbents who presumably would be forced to compete for two seats.

Another possible contender is Republican Fred Maxey of Keedysville, a legislative assistant to Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

Like Bartlett, Maxey would have to move before he could run.

Maxey, 38, of Keedysville, filed for office when he thought Keedysville would be drawn into the new district.

As it turns out, his house is just outside the new district's borders and in the same district as two other Republican delegates.

Legislative redistricting is done every 10 years to reflect population shifts.

Glendening's reapportionment plan becomes law Feb. 22 unless the legislature comes up with a new plan before then, which is considered unlikely.

The candidate filing deadline is July 1; the election is Nov. 5.

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