Area woman switches parties after 50 years

June 17, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

After more than 50 years of voting as a Democrat, Mary Jane Myers of Clear Spring has switched her party registration.

Why change at age 73?

That's simple. So she can vote for her son, LeRoy E. Myers Jr.

LeRoy Myers is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in what promises to be a crowded Sept. 10 Republican primary if the courts don't drastically alter the election district boundaries.

His mother said she registered as a Democrat way back when because that was her father's party. But she said she has always been an independent voter.

"I voted for whoever because I believe in the person and not the party," she said.

Her husband, LeRoy E. Myers Sr., is a registered Republican.

The candidate followed his mother's footsteps in at least one sense. He, too, registered with the party of his father.

Redistricting decision monkeys with planning

When Maryland's highest court threw out the governor's legislative redistricting plan last week, it threw a big monkey wrench into the Washington County Board of Elections' plans.


"We can't do anything and there's so much work to do," Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

The election board had already sent mailings to 2,000 voters notifying them of a new election district and polling place. Now, that information may be wrong.

Waiting to be printed were 27,000 more cards for voters whose election districts would have changed under the now-invalid plan.

"They are not printed. Thank heavens for that," she said.

The court has given no indication of how soon they will release a new plan, which has elections officials across the state worried about delays in election days and deadlines.

Filing deadline for state candidates is July 8. The primary is set for Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5.

Sweeney to head local Ehrlich campaign

Robert Sweeney will organize U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich's gubernatorial campaign in Washington County.

Sweeney, a member of the Republican Central Committee, said he has high hopes for the candidacy.

"Washington County has to help cut the losses in the rest of the state," Sweeney said.

Gap widening between Republicans, Democrats

The gap between Republican and Democrat party registrations in Washington County continues to get wider.

In May, the Washington County Board of Elections registered 175 Democrats, 265 Republicans and 155 unaffiliated, said Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

About 45 percent of the county's voters are Republicans, compared to 41.2 percent who are Democrats, according to state elections officials.

Tickets available for Elephant Club event

Tickets are still available for the Republicans' Elephant Club fund-raiser on Thursday.

The mixer starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Rohrersville-area home of Tom and Jacquelin Berry.

Tickets cost $25 per person. For more information, contact Sara Sweeney at 301-432-6194.

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