Campaign notes for 9-23

September 23, 2002

The Maryland State Teachers Association graded the gubernatorial candidates last week for their records on issues such as vouchers, class-size reduction, school modernization and school safety.

Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend received an A for her support of education. The Glendening-Townsend administration devoted an extra $1.6 billion toward building and modernizing schools.

The largest teachers union in the state gave her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., an F because he voted to cut federal education funding for programs such as Head Start.

"On Nov. 5, we'll either vote for the future of Maryland or against the progress in public education we have seen in the last eight years. Students count on us to make the right decision," MSTA President Patricia A. Foerster said.


Washington County Teachers Association President Claude Sasse said its members are urged to follow the state union's recommendations.

It will make its own recommendations on the candidates for Washington County Commissioners and the county's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

Committee looking to fill board vacancy

The Washington County Democratic Central Committee is accepting applications from Democrats interested in serving on the Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the Liquor Board.

A vacancy on the board was created by last week's death of Liquor Board Chairman Donald Mellott.

The Central Committee will forward the names to Gov. Parris Glendening, along with an endorsement of one of the applicants, said party Secretary Kathleen Hall. The governor will make the decision.

To be considered, you must be a registered Democrat in Washington County and get a letter of interest to the Central Committee by Oct. 7.

Letters can be sent to the committee at P.O. Box 1136, Hagerstown, MD 21741-1136.

Questions about the appointment should be directed to Democratic Headquarters at 301-797-4385.

Mooney signs pledge to oppose tax increases

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, signed a pledge last week to oppose any and all tax increases.

The pledge is sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform of Washington.

Mooney said his opponent in the Nov. 5 election, Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, has voted nine times to raise taxes.

"Should you give me the honor of returning me to office to serve you again, I'll keep fighting to lessen the burden on the citizens of this county," Mooney said.

Chamber sponsoring candidate forums

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring three breakfast forums for candidates in October, said Chamber president Fred Teeter Jr.

A forum for state Senate candidates is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.

A forum for Washington County Commissioners candidates is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Four Points Sheraton.

A forum for state delegate candidates is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Clarion Inn in Hagerstown.

Antietam Cable will videotape the forums for later broadcast.

For tickets, call Donna Long at the Chamber at 301-739-2015, ext. 100.

Tickets to the breakfast forums cost $15 for Chamber members who sign up at least three business days in advance. Late-comers and non-chamber member will be charged $25 each.

Women Voters, HCC to host pair of forums

The League of Women Voters, in cooperation with Hagerstown Community College student government, is sponsoring two candidate forums before the Nov. 5 election, league President John Porter said.

Both forums are free and open to the public. They will be held in Room 6 of the college's Valley Mall campus, he said.

A question-and-answer forum for Washington County Commissioners candidates is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

A forum for Maryland General Assembly candidates is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Oct. 15 is deadline for voters to get registered

Maryland residents have until Oct. 15 to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

Voter registration rolls, which were closed three weeks before the primary, reopen today, Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

Washington County residents can register to vote in person at the Election Board office, 35 W. Washington St., which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 240-313-2050.

Applications are also available in many state government offices or over the Internet at

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