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Maxey pulls out of delegate race

The candidate cites health reasons for his withdrawal from the District 2B race.

The candidate cites health reasons for his withdrawal from the District 2B race.

July 01, 2002

Citing health problems, Fred Maxey of Keedysville withdrew last week from the Maryland House of Delegates District 2B race.

Maxey said several months ago he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a rare incurable lung disease that can lead to heart failure.

A firefighter, Maxey said his doctors do not know yet what could have caused the disease, which was discovered during a routine physical.

Managing the illness will not leave him with enough time to campaign, he said.

"Furthermore, I believe it would not be fair to the citizens of Frederick and Washington County if I were not able to give them all of my efforts and energy in this campaign," he said.

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Maxey, a Republican, filed for office in December. At the time, he thought he would be able to run in District 3B in southern Washington and Frederick counties.

Final legislative redistricting maps would have forced him to take on incumbent Republican Del. Christopher B. Shank.

Deadline is today to file for most races


Today is the last day to file as a candidate for most races in the fall elections.

The Washington County Board of Elections at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown will be open until 9 p.m. to accommodate last-minute filers, election director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

Due to legislative redistricting, the deadline was extended until 9 p.m. on July 8 for candidates for the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates.

Candidates are advised to have all the necessary documents and information required, including a form of identification such as a driver's license.

For more information, check out the State Board of Elections Web site at www.electionsmaryland.com or call the election board at 240-313-2050.

Mooney accuses Hecht of disrespectful behavior


Republican Sen. Alex X. Mooney last week accused his opponent of engaging in disrespectful behavior the same day she pledged to run a clean campaign.

Democrat Del. Sue Hecht said she was only pointing out Mooney's voting record when she used a "Mooney Toons" logo on her Web site.

"If we do it with a little bit of a smile, I don't think that's bad," she said.

Mooney said Hecht's comment showed that "her pledge can be avoided if you smile while doing it."

"Sue Hecht has taken the liberal Clinton-Glendening playbook. 'Say anything to get elected,'" Mooney said in a press release.

Hecht, through her campaign manager, declined to comment. Sue Tuckwell said Hecht was busy working on a plan to solve traffic tie-ups along Interstate 270 in Frederick County and only wished to discuss issues important to voters.

State Sen. Mooney preparing for nuptials


When he's not defending his District 3 seat, Republican Sen. Alex X. Mooney has been planning his nuptials.

Mooney will wed Grace Gonzalez on Aug. 10 in Annapolis. A reception will be held at the Miller Senate Office Building.

Mooney said no taxpayer money will be used to host the affair. Mooney said he's covering all the costs, including overtime pay for the extra security guards necessary.

There was no objection from the camp of Sue Hecht, the Democrat who is trying to unseat Mooney in November.

"I hope he has a nice long honeymoon of about two months," Campaign Manager Sue Tuckwell said.

Nelson expected to disclose future plans


Republican Vikki Nelson is expected to make an announcement today about her political future.

When Nelson filed to run for the Maryland House of Delegates earlier this year, she was in District 2A, which at the time ran across northern Washington County from Big Pool to Cascade.

When the Maryland Court of Appeals redrew the legislative district boundaries June 21, Nelson was placed in District 1C, which runs from Cumberland east to Huyett's Crossroads.

As of Friday, her candidacy there was still active.

Nelson hinted last week that she is considering a run for Washington County Commissioner instead. She said she will decide by today, which is the filing deadline for that office.

Opponents don't like senior prescription plan


U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and a Democratic challenger have at least one thing in common - neither likes the Republican proposal now before Congress that would create a prescription drug benefit for senior citizens.

While both Bartlett and Don DeArmon believe that the issue of high drug costs needs to be addressed, each said the proposal before Congress is not the way to go.

Bartlett told a meeting of the Washington County Republican Club last week that the proposal would create a giant new entitlement.

"Everybody's going to come to feed at the public trough," he said.

DeArmon, in a telephone interview, noted that Bartlett did not have a problem recently voting to give large farmers large subsidies.

"The thing that makes me angry about all of this is that Democrats and Republicans are looking at this as a political issue rather than working together to find a solution," DeArmon said.

Guidelines for signs laid out for candidates


The Maryland State Highway Administration has issued a reminder to candidates about the rules governing political signs.

Signs may not be placed inside medians or within state rights of way, the boundaries of which can usually be determined by utility poles.

Signs can be posted no more than 45 days before the election and must be removed within 15 days after.

Signs do not require a permit, but must be placed with the property owners' permission.

For more information, call 1-888-204-4245.

- Laura Ernde

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