Campaign notes for 8/26

August 26, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Sen. Alex X. Mooney's campaign war chest may be overflowing, but Del. Sue Hecht says her contributions reflect more local support.

Hecht pointed out that her campaign has raised $39,824 from individual Frederick County donors since Jan. 1, which is about twice as much money as her opponent.

"The people of Frederick and Washington counties are the people who I work for, who contribute to my campaign and who will vote for me," she said. "They are the ones who count and they will not let this election be bought by outsiders."

Overall, 98 percent of Hecht's individual contributions came from within Maryland and 66 percent from within the District 3 boundaries, said Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington.


Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, said people should not be concerned about the large amount of out-of-town donations to his campaign, which has amassed nearly $700,000 during his first term in office.

"The concern for me is having an opponent who's so liberal, especially a tax-and-spend liberal," he said.

Stockbroker named to GOP committee

A Hagerstown stockbroker has been named the newest member of the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

Hammond Urner, 36, of 19802 Spring Creek Road, said the appointment marks his first foray into the world of politics. He works at Ferris Baker Watts in Hagerstown.

Urner, who will serve until the Nov. 5 election, said he figured it would give him a good opportunity to see if he enjoys the work.

The central committee has now filled the two vacancies created by the resignations of Vikki Nelson and Paul Toothman, who are running for Washington County Commissioner.

Deadline nears for getting absentee ballot

Voters who will be out of town or physically unable to get to the polls Sept. 10 have about one week to get an absentee ballot, said Washington County Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel.

The deadline is Sept. 3.

Voters can call the election board at 240-313-2050 to get an application by mail, or stop by the office at 35 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, she said.

Suns strike out with first candidates night

The Hagerstown Suns struck out on their attempt to organize the first-ever "candidates night" at the stadium.

Originally planned for Tuesday, the event was going to give candidates scoreboard recognition, public address announcements throughout the game and the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Candidates weren't willing to pony up fees ranging from $150 to $800 for the privilege, the Suns' front office said.

Candidate profiles available online

For those who want to learn more about the 21 candidates for Washington County Commissioner, The Herald-Mail has been profiling one person each day leading up to the Sept. 10 primary election.

All of the profiles, as they run, are being added to The Herald-Mail's Web site,

From there, click on "Election 2002" on the left side of the page.

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