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Munson defeats Newby to keep Md. Senate seat

November 06, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Republican Donald F. Munson easily won re-election to a fourth term in the Maryland Senate in Tuesday's general election, beating challenger Mary E. Newby, according to complete but unofficial results.

Munson got 70.4 percent of the vote to Newby's 29.4 percent.

"I appreciate the confidence that the people of District 2 have shown in me. I'm going to do my best," said Munson, who was celebrating his victory with other Republicans at the VFW in downtown Hagerstown.

The $26,000 Newby spent in her attempt to oust Munson was more than any other challenger since Patricia Cushwa in 1990, he said.

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During the campaign, Munson, 64, stressed his record of constituent service and his legislative experience.

Before being elected to the state Senate in 1991, Munson served in the House of Delegates for 16 years.

Newby, a reading teacher at Eastern Elementary, had criticized Munson for failing to "bring home the bacon."

Newby, 47, did not return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday night.

Munson will be sworn in for his four-year term on Jan. 8.

Munson and other state 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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