Weldon defeats Baugher in District 3B

November 06, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Republican Richard B. Weldon Jr. defeated Democrat Lisa Baugher Tuesday for the right to represent a newly-drawn Maryland House of Delegates district.

Weldon received 8,489 votes to Baugher's 5,117, complete but unofficial results show.

"Naturally, I was disappointed because I had an agenda and was ready to go to work for the people," Baugher said Tuesday night.

She said she felt confident about her chances early in the day, but her hope faded as she saw large voter turnout at the polls, which she presumed to be largely Republican.


Baugher, 48, relied on her record of fighting power plants in southern Frederick County as a cornerstone of her campaign.

She defeated Paul Gilligan in the primary to earn the Democratic nomination.

Weldon, 44, has been a Frederick County Commissioner for more than a year.

Weldon was planning to run for re-election to the county commission, but entered the delegate race instead when Democrat Charles E. Smith dropped out.

At the time, Smith was the only announced candidate for delegate in District 3B.

Weldon couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday night.

District 3B includes about 28,000 people in southern Washington and Frederick counties.

Unofficial results indicate that Weldon earned about 62 percent of the votes in Frederick County, defeating Baugher there 8,182 to 4,914.

Weldon captured about 60 percent of the votes in Washington County, winning 307 to 203, according to unofficial results.

Delegates will be sworn into office on Jan. 8.

The delegates' salary is now $31,509, but will increase to $34,500 next year. The pay will go up $3,000 a year for the following three years, reaching $43,500 in 2006.

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