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Shaffer files to run against Bartlett

July 08, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Kevin M. Shaffer, a Democrat from LaVale, Md., has filed to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.

Shaffer will face Democrat Don DeArmon of Frederick, Md., in the Sept. 10 primary.

This is DeArmon's third attempt to unseat Bartlett.

Shaffer is running for office for the first time.

He decided to make his first bid one for national office because "the issues of the federal government are the ones that interest me."

Bartlett is running for a sixth term.

Shaffer, 45, is an accountant with the Allegany County government. He has lived in Allegany County most of his life.

Shaffer described himself as a "conservative Democrat."

Shaffer said he is more liberal than Bartlett and more conservative than DeArmon.

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Shaffer is running on a platform of three issues:

-- Have a strong national defense so the county can continue its war on terrorism.

"We need to spend every tax dollar necessary to prosecute the war on terrorism until every terrorist who threatened any American anywhere in the world is dead. At the same time, we need to maintain a strong defense against axis of evil states such as North Korea, Iran and Iraq," Shaffer said in a news release.

-- Ban abortion and capital punishment.

"As a nation we need to prohibit the unnecessary killing of defenseless fetuses. Furthermore, executing convicted individuals must be eliminated because it carries the possibility of an innocent person being executed," the release said.

-- A flat 20 percent income tax.

Shaffer said he disagrees with some of Bartlett's votes on social programs. Bartlett has not done enough to support programs to help children and women, Shaffer said. He said he would see to it that children have access to medical services, food and shelter regardless of ability to pay.

"My desire to become the representative for the sixth district in the state of Maryland is driven by my belief that the United States of America is the greatest nation that has ever existed and it is my goal to make it greater," he said.

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