Campaign notes - More than 500 turn out for Ehrlich event

October 24, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

More than 500 people turned out in Hagerstown Wednesday night to show their support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich.

Ehrlich told the group at the Clarion ballroom that the state is poised to make history by electing the first Republican governor in 40 years.

Republicans will be able to bring their ideas into state government, he said, citing charter schools, local control, fiscal responsibility and "gun control programs that actually work."

Bob Sweeney, coordinator for Ehrlich's campaign in Washington County, said organizers of the two-hour event sold 700 tickets at $25 each with the proceeds going to Ehrlich's campaign.


Bruchey answers wrong question during forum

Voters watching Wednesday's Maryland House of Delegates candidates' forum might have thought District 2C candidate Robert E. Bruchey II was ducking the first question, which was about the state's budget deficit.

Bruchey spent his allotted two minutes talking about transportation issues. When he sat down, he realized out loud he had answered the wrong question.

Bruchey said he relied too heavily on his prepared notes and read the answer to the wrong question. Organizers of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum gave all nine candidates the questions in advance.

The next time he got the podium, Bruchey set aside his notes and answered the budget question off the top of his head.

Hancock GOP Club to host candidates' forum

The Hancock Republican Club is hosting a candidates' forum at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church parish hall, club president Lowell Younker said.

The forum will feature live country music, ham sandwiches and sodas, he said.

Many of the Washington County Commissioner candidates won't be able to attend because the event conflicts with a forum at Hagerstown Community College's Valley Mall campus, he said.

Among expected attendees:

  • Maryland House of Delegates candidate LeRoy Myers, a Republican who is running against House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. in District 1C.

  • Unopposed state Senate candidate John Hafer, R-Garrett/Allegany, whose district will extend to western Washington County starting in January.

Hecht, Mooney set for Oct. 30 debate

Del. Sue Hecht and Sen. Alex Mooney are scheduled to debate Oct. 30.

The two candidates for the state Senate in District 3 will square off in a traditional debate format at 8 p.m. at Frederick Community College's Kussmaul Auditorium in Frederick, Md. The event is sponsored by the Frederick County NAACP.

Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, had complained that her opponent refused to debate her on the issues.

Mooney, R-Washington, pointed out that the two have appeared at a number of candidate forums together.

Washington County Retired School Administrators backs Hardin

An organization of retired school administrators has endorsed one of its own along with the four incumbents in the Washington County Commissioners election.

Washington County Retired School Administrators is backing retired high school principal J. Herbert Hardin in the Nov. 5 election, said Gerald Holmes, chairman of the group's steering committee.

The group also endorsed incumbent commissioners Bert L. Iseminger, Gregory I. Snook, Paul Swartz and William J. Wivell.

"Our main focus is public education in Washington County. We hope we can help these people and make a difference in the election," Holmes said.

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