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Many Hancock residents pleased that Taylor may represent them

January 15, 2002

Many Hancock residents pleased that Taylor may represent them



By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com


HANCOCK - Some Hancock officials and at least one town resident said they were pleased about the possibility of House Speaker Delegate Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, representing the town under a redistricting plan proposed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening.

The town has enjoyed "super relations" with Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, and Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said. But he said it would be good to have Taylor represent the town again.

Taylor represented the town until a redistricting following the 1990 census, Murphy said.

He said he was not sure whether the town would benefit from having the house speaker as its representative, but it can't hurt.

"I have a friend in high places now," he said.

Under Glendening's plan, the district would be represented by Taylor and Sen. John J. Hafer, a Republican.

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The redistricting plan becomes law Feb. 22 unless the Maryland General Assembly agrees on changes before then.

The Hancock Town Council expected the change under the redistricting, Murphy said.

Council members met with Taylor about six weeks ago and went over some of the projects they have planned, he said.

Taylor said he looks forward to representing the people of Washington County once again.

"I think I've made a lot of friends there over 12 years," he said.

Hancock Councilman Dave Smith said he expects good things from Taylor.

"He (Taylor) has been a friend of Hancock for years," Smith said. "And he has always been accessible."

Hancock Town Manager Louis Close said Taylor has been helpful to the town.

"He will probably do us good in this county," he said.

Close said he was sure Taylor would accommodate the town's requests. If Taylor's influence can help the town, he won't object, he said.

He said he would hate losing Munson as an area representative but that's part of politics, Close said.

Roland Lanehart, who owns Roland's Garage and Used Cars, said he likes the idea of having Taylor represent the town as part of his district.

"I think it would be a ... good idea," he said.

Lanehart said he likes what he knows about Taylor.

"He is interested in Western Maryland," he said.

He said he thinks Taylor will help the region get jobs.

Not all Hancock residents reached Thursday were enthusiastic about the proposed change, though.

William Gangloff Sr., a Hancock Republican, said if Taylor is a Democrat than he does not want him representing Hancock.

Staff Writer Laura Ernde contributed to this story.

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