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April 29, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

Spring dinners feature political heavyweights


It's spring, which means it's time for Washington County Democrats and Republicans to hold their respective annual dinners.

The star of the show at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Townsend will speak at the Democrats' May 29 dinner at the Venice Inn in Hagerstown. By then, she will have formally announced her bid for governor.

The Republicans, however, weren't able to land their gubernatorial favorite, U.S. Rep. Robert L. Erlich Jr., for the Lincoln Day Dinner.

Ehrlich, who opted for a fund-raiser, is sending a video instead, said Washington County Republican Club President Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

"He was in a quandry. With two things back to back, he had to make a choice," she said.

Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr., the House of Delegates Minority Leader, will be the keynote speaker at the May 10 dinner, which will be at the Four Points Hotel Sheraton.

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Snodgrass defends delegation colleagues


After the November election, Del. Louise V. Snodgrass will no longer be a member of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

But at one of her final appearances in Washington County, Snodgrass took the opportunity to defend two of her Republican colleagues in the delegation.

Snodgrass blasted a March 17 Herald-Mail editorial that called Del. Robert A. McKee and Del. Christopher B. Shank "Tweedle Dee" and "Tweedle Dum."

"I find that extremely offensive," Snodgrass said.

The column made reference to an informal Montgomery County newspaper survey that ranked McKee and Shank No. 112 and No. 113, respectively, among 138 delegates.

Snodgrass said both lawmakers are dedicated public servants and the survey was off base.

Incidentally, Snodgrass was ranked No. 123.

Check out Web site for latest on candidate


Robert E. Bruchey II has found that the most difficult thing about running for the Maryland House of Delegates so far has been filing the necessary paperwork.

Even though he went to Annapolis and paid his filing fee two-and-a-half weeks ago, Bruchey is still not technically a candidate.

At the time, Bruchey said he didn't realize he needed to fill out a financial disclosure form.

When he got back to Hagerstown, he completed and mailed the form back to the State Elections Board, he said.

But then elections officials mailed it back to him because it wasn't notarized.

Bruchey thinks he finally straightened out the matter, so his name should be popping up on the elections board Web site any day. For those who are watching, it's at www.elections.state.md.us.

Action group hopes to field female candidate


The all-male board of Washington County Commissioners may be more diverse after the November election.

At least that's the hope of the local political action committee Women at the Table.

WATT has identified several women candidates, said Chairwoman Sharon Leatherman.

Leatherman declined to name the women because they have not announced their candidacies.

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