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Fuller to run a write-in campaign

February 11, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A man who failed to meet a deadline to get his name on the ballot for the upcoming city elections filed Thursday as a write-in candidate.

Merrill E. "E.J." Fuller Jr. has filed as a Republican.

Fuller partially met his obligations as a candidate by filing his intent to run with the City of Hagerstown, but he missed a Jan. 21 deadline to file his statement of organization with the Washington County Board of Elections.

Fuller and his campaign manager, the Rev. LeRoy J. Guillory, argued in a Jan. 31 hearing before the Hagers- town Board of Election Supervisors to have his name placed on the ballot, but the board ruled against him.

Attempts to reach Fuller Thursday evening at his campaign headquarters and his home were unsuccessful.

Fuller will not be on the March 8 primary election ballot, and those who wish to vote for him must write in his name on the electric ballot in the May 17 general election, said County Board of Elections Director Dorothy Kaetzel.

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Kaetzel said the campaign finance rules are different for write-in candidates. If a write-in candidate spends more than $50, the candidate must report contributions and expenses.

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