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Lisa Baugher begins primary bid

June 07, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

With the theme from "Rocky" in the background, Lisa Baugher emerged from her Tuscarora farmhouse to announce her candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates.

Rain sprinkled down on about 40 supporters who gathered in Baugher's front yard to hear Baugher pitch herself as the best person to represent the residents in District 3B, which covers southern Frederick and Washington counties.

Baugher, 48, touted her work fighting power plant proposals in southern Frederick County.

"We were seen as an easy target for power plants. They told us to accept it," she said. "I rose up and said 'no, not with our Potomac River, not with our historic agricultural land, and not with the region we've worked so hard to build.'"

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Baugher criticized her opponent in the Democratic primary, Paul Gilligan, for coming late to the power plant issue.

"He stood on the sidelines until he saw which way the political winds were blowing," she said. "I have the courage to do the right thing."

Baugher invited two people to speak on her behalf at the announcement, former Washington, D.C., Councilman John Ray and nearby farmer Chuck Fry.

Ray, a friend of Baugher's husband, Greg Baugher, said the candidate sought his advice on the power plant issue because of his experience in dealing with utilities.

"I was strongly impressed this homemaker was willing to take on this battle," he said.

Ray praised Baugher's qualities to serve as a state delegate.

"I believe very strongly in electing good, decent people to public office," he said.

Fry, whose family has been farming the area since 1883, said Baugher has accomplished a lot for the area in her relatively short 16 years in the county.

"Lisa's quite a firecracker. We don't always agree or disagree, but she stands up for a cause," he said.

Country band Dixie Hiway provided the entertainment.

Del. Sue Hecht, who is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Alex X. Mooney this fall, attended Baugher's announcement but said she was not endorsing any candidates in the primary.

"I'm out for all the good Democrats and thanking them for running," said Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington.

Gilligan, the other Democrat running, is a retired public health service officer who is active in land preservation. He is a former mayor of Burkittsville, Md.

One Republican has filed to run. Richard B. Weldon Jr., 43, of Brunswick, Md., is a Frederick County Commissioner.

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