Campaign notes - 10/22

October 22, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Republicans continued to widen their registration gap over registered Democrats in Washington County going into the Nov. 5 election.

Of the 70,088 active voters in the county, 31,673 are Republicans and 28,498 are Democrats, according to Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel.

The difference of 3,175 voters is greater than it was during the 2000 election, when the gap was 1,805 voters.

There are 8,724 unaffiliated voters, 225 Libertarians, 99 Greens, 18 Constitution and 46 Reform. The remaining 805 are a mixture of various other parties, Kaetzel said.

Taylor misses fund-raiser for Perini

House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. was unable to attend a scheduled fund-raiser last week for Maryland House of Delegates candidate Peter E. Perini Sr. of Hagerstown.


But Taylor, D-Allegany, said that shouldn't be interpreted as lack of support for Perini, who is running against incumbent Del. Robert A. McKee in District 2A.

"I'm very familiar with his leadership abilities," Taylor said of Perini.

Taylor encouraged voters to support the fellow Democrat. "It always helps Western Maryland, quite frankly, to have representation in the majority party in power," Taylor said.

McKee said he was not surprised because both Taylor and Perini are Democrats.

Russo rally to benefit library building fund

A Maryland House of Delegates candidate will hold a rally on Saturday, but all the money raised will go to the Washington County Free Library's Boonsboro building fund.

David Russo, a Democrat who is trying to unseat Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said the event is his answer to campaign finance reform.

Russo said he and other candidates will gather at Shafer Park in Boonsboro at 1 p.m. and walk the 8-mile round-trip to Keedysville and back.

Along the way, people should feel free to talk about issues, he said.

Ehrlich fund-raiser set for Wednesday

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

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 is 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.

Commissioner debate airing again tonight

If you missed last week's forum for Washington County Commissioner candidates, it will be rebroadcast tonight on Antietam Cable Channel 65.

All 10 people running for five seats attended the forum, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Antietam Cable will air all three chamber candidate forums back-to-back at 7 p.m. on the eve of the Nov. 5 election. The other two forums feature candidates for the Maryland General Assembly.

Commissioner forum is Friday at HCC

Voters will get a chance to ask questions of Washington County Commissioner candidates at a forum set for Friday at the Hagerstown Community College Valley Mall campus.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 6 of the campus, which is between J.C. Penney and The Bon-Ton near the mall offices.

It is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the college's student government.

A forum for Maryland General Assembly candidates is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the same place.

Baugher, Weldon debating Friday

A debate between Maryland House of Delegates candidates Lisa Baugher and Richard B. Weldon Jr. is scheduled for Friday in Brunswick, Md.

A bipartisan group of Brunswick residents organized the debate, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kaplon Building at 102 W. Potomac St.

Organizer Diane Ellis said she hopes the debate will give voters a better idea of who the candidates are and what each candidate hopes to accomplish as a state legislator.

Harry Lashley will moderate the debate.

Brunswick is the largest incorporated town in District 3B, which covers southern Frederick County and a small area in the southernmost portion of Washington County.

For more information, contact Ellis at 1-301-834-7976.

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