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Absentee ballots due

October 28, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

A reminder for voters who can't make it to the polls on Nov. 5, the deadline to turn in your absentee ballot applications is Tuesday.

Also, those who used an application mailed to them by the Republican Party will have to fill out a new one, said Washington County Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel.

Kaetzel said her office mailed new applications to the 417 people who sent in the invalid applications by Friday.

Applications must be received at the 35 W. Washington St. office by 4:30 p.m. Faxed applications will be accepted until midnight at 240-313-2051.

Voters may also use the application on the State Board of Elections Web site, www.electionsmaryland.com.

For more information, call the election board at 240-313-2050.




Comptroller praises candidate in letter

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer recently wrote a letter to the editor of The Herald-Mail, praising Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

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"Senator Munson is a hard-working, reliable and intelligent senator. He always has the best interest of his constituents in mind," the terse letter said.

When asked about the letter, Schaefer's spokesman, Michael Golden, said it wasn't an official endorsement.

But Munson said he was still pleased by the kind words, which he said were unsolicited.

Mary Newby, Munson's Democratic challenger on Nov. 5, said she doesn't know Schaefer.

"I think if he knew me, he'd probably say the same thing," she said.




'There's something about' Mary's slogan

Some voters might be wondering whether Democrat Mary Newby's campaign slogan, "There's something about Mary...," is a reference to the movie by the same name that features some crude humor.

"I hope not," said Newby, who is running against Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Newby explained that her friends often say that when they see her, and this summer they suggested she use the phrase as her slogan.




Perini welcomes voters to talk issues

Peter E. Perini Sr., the Democratic candidate for Maryland House of Delegates in District 2A, is inviting voters to come talk to him about the issues two mornings this week.

Perini will be at the Williamsport Waffle House from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday and the Maugansville Waffle House from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday.

Free coffee and Danish pastries will be provided.

Perini is running against incumbent Republican Robert A. McKee.

For more information, call 240-313-9090.




Delegates candidate offers ride to polls

A House of Delegates candidate, with the help of his employer, is offering to give Hagerstown voters a ride to the polls.

Hagerstown Ford has donated the use of two vans, said Robert E. Bruchey II, a Republican running against incumbent Democrat John P. Donoghue.

Bruchey said anyone living in District 2C who needs a ride to the polls can call him at 301-991-1120.




Voters will get a chance to ask questions of Maryland General Assembly 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 students in the college's American government class.




Special-interest groups have made the following candidate endorsements in the Nov. 5 election:

- National Association of Social Workers endorses Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, for re-election in District 2C.

- The Maryland Bioscience Political Action Committee endorses Republican Robert Ehrlich for governor.

- Alvin Thornton, author of the statewide commission that recommended large increases in state funding to K-12 public schools, endorses Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for governor.

- The Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists Political Action Committee endorses Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, in her bid for state Senate.

- Maryland Classified Employees Association endorses Republican Robert Ehrlich for governor.

- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorses Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for governor.

- Maryland League of Conservation Voters endorses Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, in her bid for state Senate.

- The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club endorses Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, in her bid for state Senate.

- Maryland Business for Responsive Government's political action committee endorses Robert Ehrlich for governor.

- The National Rifle Association endorses Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, for re-election to District 2A.

- The National Federation of Independent Business endorses Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, for re-election to District 2A.

- The Pro-Life Maryland Political Action Committee endorses Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, for re-election to District 2A.

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