Campaign notes for 10-14

October 14, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

The Maryland Farm Bureau is endorsing incumbents in all but one Maryland General Assembly race in Western Maryland.

In the District 3 state Senate race, the farm lobbying group is backing Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, over Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Washington.

In the District 3B House of Delegates race, where there are no incumbents running, the farm bureau is supporting Republican Richard Weldon over Democrat Lisa Baugher.

Here are the rest of their endorsements:

  • Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, District 2

  • Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, District 2A

  • Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, District 2B

  • Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, District 2C

  • Sen. John Hafer, R-Allegany/Garrett, District 1

  • House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, District 1C

Ehrlich to host local fund-raiser and rally

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich is having a fund-raiser and rally in Washington County on Oct. 23.


The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel on Dual Highway.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at the door or at Washington County Republican Central Committee Headquarters, 138 W. Washington St.

The Republican Club meeting scheduled for that night will be canceled so members can meet the candidate at the rally, said Sara Sweeney, a local organizer.

For more information, call Sweeney at 301-432-6194.

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote

Maryland residents who want to vote in the Nov. 5 election have until Tuesday to register.

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., Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said.

The phone number is 240-313-2050.

Applications are also available in many state government offices or on the Web at

Hecht fumes over taping by Mooney camp

Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, got upset at a candidates forum last week when she was being videotaped without permission by a representative of her opponent's campaign.

But Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, said there was nothing wrong with the action and noted that the event was also being recorded for broadcast on Antietam Cable television.

"We're public officials, so it goes with the territory," he said.

Mooney said he likes to keep a record of speeches because, "It's not unheard of for a politician to say one thing to one audience and another thing to another audience."

Antietam Cable will rebroadcast the forum, which was organized by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. and on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

County Democratic office sets longer hours

The Washington County Democratic Central Committee has announced extended hours for its headquarters in the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 5 election.

The office, at 10 N. Jonathan St., will be open until 7 p.m. from Oct. 21 to 25 and Oct. 28 to 31, said party Secretary Kathleen Hall.

Central committee members and party volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide campaign literature and materials, she said.

For more information, or to volunteer, call the headquarters at 301-797-4385.

Frederick County needs election judges

The Frederick County (Md.) Board of Elections is suffering a shortage of election judges for the Nov. 5 election.

The board is seeking 25 people to serve, said Deputy Director Noreen L. Schultz.

By law, judges must be registered voters. They must be able to speak, read and write English and while acting as a judge must not hold or be a candidate for public or party office.

To apply, or for more information, call the Election Board at 301-694-1006.

Washington County Election Board Director Dorothy Kaetzel said she has enough judges to handle the workload that day.

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