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Myers drops bid to chair delegation

January 16, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Freshman Del. LeRoy Myers has dropped his bid to challenge Del. Robert A. McKee for the chairmanship of the Western Maryland Delegation this session.

McKee, R-Washington, is expected to be elected the new chairman today.

If so, he will succeed Del. George Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany, who is stepping down to concentrate on his duties as minority leader of the House of Delegates.

Myers, R-Allegany/Washington, decided not to oppose McKee after talking to other members of the delegation.

If offered the vice chairmanship, he said he would accept that.

"I think that would be a good learning process," said Myers, who is in the second year of his first four-year term.

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"There's too many issues we need to be in agreement on. We don't have to have issues being created over who's going to chair a delegation," Myers said. "As important as leadership is cooperation."

McKee, a member of the House since 1995 and former chairman of the Washington County Delegation, said experience carries a lot of weight in the institution.

"Under those circumstances, it seems fitting and proper," he said.

As chairman, McKee said he will work with the group to form positions on issues such as a possible gas tax increase and legislation to encourage wind-power companies to locate in Western Maryland.

The delegation includes delegates and senators from Carroll County to Garrett County.

Lawmakers also may ask the delegation to sponsor legislation.

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