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Fuller withdraws as write-in candidate for City Council

March 25, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A write-in candidate for Hagerstown City Council has withdrawn from the election.

Kay Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections, said Thursday that Merrill E. "E.J." Fuller submitted paperwork Wednesday to withdraw his name as a write-in candidate in the May 17 general election.

Fuller filed as a write-in candidate after failing to meet a deadline to get his name on the ballot.

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

Robucci said the board is required to post the names of write-in candidates in polling places.

Messages left at a telephone listing for Merrill Fuller were not returned. A telephone company recording said the phone at Illbro Studios Inc., where Fuller had been reached for comment in the past, is temporarily out of service.

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Guillory said Thursday that Fuller opted to withdraw his name so they could devote their full attention to Illbro Studios, "and local politics in Hagerstown is not as important as making sure and ensuring that there is a budget for our corporation."

Guillory said the decision was based on "the hate mail we had received, the personal attacks we had received."

Guillory said he and Fuller were concerned Fuller's candidacy might take away votes from Democratic candidate Alesia D. Parson. Guillory said he is looking forward to the election of City Council's first black member.

"We believe Ms. Parson being elected to the Council is more important than splitting the vote ... and our energy," Guillory said.

Robucci said the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is May 11.

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