Central Maryland AFL-CIO fails to endorse Perini or McKee in delegate race

September 03, 2002|By LAURA ERNDE

When the Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council announced its candidate endorsements last week, only one Democrat running for state office in Washington County failed to make the list.

Peter E. Perini Sr., who is running for House of Delegates District 2A against incumbent Del. Robert A. McKee, was snubbed by the council. McKee didn?t get the nod either.

Council President C.W. ?Woody? McNemar said neither candidate took positions that agreed with the union.

Perini said he was not surprised the union didn?t endorse him because his outlook is generally pro-business.

In the race for Washington County Commissioner, the union endorsed one Republican, William Wivell, and four Democrats, Jim Brown, Bert Iseminger, Ira Kauffman and Paul Swartz.

Women at the Table shares endorsements

Women at the Table, a Washington County political action committee that encourages women to seek elected office, announced its endorsements last week:


Doris J. Nipps, a Republican running for Washington County Commissioner after serving on the Washington County Board of Education for eight years.

?She has a keen understanding of problems facing Washington County,? WATT?s endorsement reads.

Constance S. Cramer, a Democrat running for Washington County Commissioner.

?Cramer saw firsthand the effects of rapid growth in Frederick (Md.) and she has some ideas on how to manage growth in Washington County,? the endorsement says.

Jacqueline Fischer, who is running for the Washington County Board of Education.

?A retired teacher, Fischer brings her understanding of the educational system and the classroom to this campaign.?

Other women candidates who are running for county offices did not seek WATT?s endorsement.

Women at the Table is hosting a ?meet the candidates? picnic Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Elks Picnic grounds on Greencastle Pike west of Hagerstown.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call Sharon Leatherman at 301-223-8874 or send e-mail to

Pair of candidates not found on finance list

When The Herald-Mail reported the campaign finance reports of state lawmakers last month, two candidates didn?t make the list.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, filed his report on time but it didn?t become available on the Web until after the newspaper went to press.

His Republican challenger in District 2C, Robert E. Bruchey II, filed his report two days late and faces a $40 fine.

Bruchey blamed computer problems for the delay. Other candidates also have had problems with the state?s computer software.

Bruchey filed a second report, which was due Friday, a day early.

For the record, Bruchey has raised $1,000 for his campaign so far and has $783 left to spend.

Donoghue has raised $1,373 and has $1,276 ?cash on hand,? according to the reports.

Campaign finance reports are available online at

ABC takes no stance on Taylor-Myers race

After much discussion about who to endorse in the race between House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, and his Republican challenger, LeRoy Myers of Clear Spring, the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley decided to take no position.

Myers was the favorite of Board Chairman John Barr, who also happens to be his brother-in-law and campaign chairman.

Some board members felt pressure from other chapters to endorse the powerful House speaker, Barr said. Other board members don?t have a stake in the race because they live in neighboring states, he said.

Myers has other connections on the board because he is a local contractor, although he is not an ABC member.

The candidate said he did not seek ABC?s endorsement because of Barr?s conflict of interest.

Defeat Mooney Committee disbands

A group that set out to defeat Sen. Alex X. Mooney decided to disband last week.

The Defeat Mooney Committee said its members simply didn?t have time to run the organization.

?Further, we end knowing we have very much succeeded in our mission toward defeating Mr. Mooney this November,? Treasurer David ?Kip? Koontz said in a press release.

The committee has removed a Web site that was the focal point for the group?s criticism and returned remaining contributions to donors, Koontz said.

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