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Shank wins House race

November 06, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Republican Chris Shank was re-elected to a new four-year term as a state delegate in Tuesday's general election, beating out Democrat challenger David Russo.

Shank, who will again represent District 2B, received 7,469 votes to Russo's 2,841 votes, according to complete but unofficial results.

Washington County Election Board officials said 53.3 percent of the county's registered voters turned out to the polls.

Shank will be sworn in on Jan. 8.

"I am very humbled and very grateful to the voters of Washington County for their confidence in me," Shank said late Tuesday. "I think it was an excellent night for Republicans countywide."

Russo, a pharmacist for 22 years, owns Russo's RX in Hagerstown. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Lawmakers will make an annual salary of $34,500 in 2003.

The pay will increase by $3,000 a year in each of the following three years, reaching $43,500 in 2006.

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Shank, 30, was one of the youngest lawmakers in Annapolis when he was first elected at the age of 26. Before that he worked for the Washington County delegation for four years.

During his campaign, Shank said he favored blocking the state from raising taxes to fill a $1.7 billion budget gap, requiring developers to pay for the cost of new housing developments in Washington County, increasing state money for K-12 education without legalizing slot machines and strengthening laws against child sexual abusers who use the Internet to find victims.

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