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Donoghue wins 4th term in Md. House

November 06, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Democrat John P. Donoghue will return to Annapolis in January for a fourth term in the Maryland House of Delegates after defeating Republican challenger Robert E. Bruchey II on Tuesday for the District 2C seat.

The district encompasses the City of Hagerstown.

"I want to thank the voters for their support," said Donoghue, 45, a stockbroker who lives in Hagerstown. "It's been a privilege and an honor serving them and I look forward to continuing it."

Donoghue captured 59 percent of the district's votes with 4,941, according to complete but unofficial results. Bruchey, a former Hagerstown mayor had 3,446 votes.

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Bruchey, 44, sent his congratulations to Donoghue, and said he hopes Donoghue "keeps his eye on the city of Hagerstown."

As chairman of the health insurance subcommittee of the House Economic Matters Committee, Donoghue has helped shape the state's health insurance policies. He wants to expand prescription drug programs for senior citizens while waiting for the federal government to add a prescription drug program to Medicare, he said.

Donoghue said he will continue fighting CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield's plan to become a for-profit company, and hopes to use the Washington County Hospital Trauma Center as a model statewide for how to resolve the issue of reimbursing physicians for patients without insurance.

Donoghue will also try to get more state education funds to renovate and improve Washington County schools, he said.

Donoghue will begin his four-year term at the start of the next legislative session on Jan. 8. He 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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