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Donoghue won't seek treasurer position

January 25, 2002

Donoghue won't seek treasurer position



Annapolis

By LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Despite wide speculation that he might run for state treasurer, Del. John P. Donoghue said Thursday he's not interested in the job.

Treasurer Richard N. Dixon unexpectedly announced his retirement last week because of health problems caused by diabetes.

The vacancy created by the Carroll County Democrat has had the Maryland General Assembly buzzing about who would replace him.

Because the treasurer is elected by the legislature, it is almost certain that the new treasurer will be a member of the House of Delegates, which holds more votes than the Senate.

Del. Nancy Kopp, D-Montgomery, and Del. Pauline H. Menes, D-Prince George's/Montgomery, have announced their intentions to seek the seat. A third possible contender is Del. John Arnick, D-Baltimore.

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Some rural lawmakers have asked Donoghue, D-Washington, to run so that the rural areas would keep their voice on the powerful Board of Public Works. The governor, comptroller and treasurer sit on the board, which approves the spending of state money.

As a stock broker at Legg Mason in Hagerstown, Donoghue has experience with financial matters.

"I'm very flattered. I'm honored that my colleagues have encouraged me," he said.

Donoghue said he considered running, but decided against it.

He would have had to quit his job at Legg Mason to work year-round in Annapolis, 90 miles away from his family in Hagerstown.

"At this point my job is to serve my constituents in Washington County. I think I owe it to the voters who put me in office to continue to do the work they asked me to do," he said.

Donoghue has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1991.

Dixon's successor will be chosen in two weeks by secret ballot of the Maryland General Assembly.

Dixon, 63, was elected treasurer in 1996 and re-elected in 1999. He was the first black treasurer and the first from Western Maryland.

Dixon began his public service in 1970 on the Carroll County Board of Education. He served in the House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996.

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