Nelson will run for District 2A House of Delegates seat

May 22, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

Vikki Nelson's campaign manager offered one explanation for why she always wears a hat.

"It's the only thing that protects her head from the glass ceiling she hits in Washington County," Vince Dellaposta said.

Dellaposta was joking, but behind the laughter was a note of seriousness.

Nelson contends that she's bumped up against people who don't believe a woman is qualified to hold public office.

No Washington County woman has ever been elected to the House of Delegates or the state Senate.

Nelson is seeking the Republican nomination to represent District 2A in the House of Delegates.

District 2A covers the northern tier of the county, from Big Pool to Cascade.

She said the county needs a woman's perspective at the State House,

"She just naturally has certain instinctive interests that she could focus on - children and education," Nelson said.


Women will talk to women about things they wouldn't discuss with a man, she said.

Nelson, 58, said there are three issues in particular on which she is eager to work: Education, the proposed conversion of CareFirst to a for-profit company and transportation problems that have caused gridlock in the county.

She said she would work to make government more friendly to businesses, help attract better-paying jobs and protect gun ownership rights.

Her experience in business and politics would be an asset to the job, she said.

Nelson owns Jarnel Iron and Forge Inc. and Jarnel Crane Rentals in Hagerstown and has served two terms on the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

Four years ago, she ran for a state Senate seat but lost to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Nelson filed for the office in February after seeing that no incumbents would be running in the newly drawn district.

She is officially kicking off her campaign with a fund-raising dinner Friday night at the Elk's Lodge in Hagerstown. The theme is "Tribute to Ronald Reagan." Tickets are $25.

As for the hats that have become her trademark, Nelson said she simply likes to wear them and has set aside one bedroom in her Clear Spring home for storage.

When people ask her how many hats she has, her answer usually is, "Not enough."

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