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Muldowney might run for seat in legislature

September 29, 2005|by TAMELA BAKER

ANNAPOLIS - Though speculation has been swirling for some time that former Del. Paul D. Muldowney might be seeking another seat in the Maryland General Assembly, Muldowney himself had been officially coy about his plans.

But a state Board of Elections spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that Muldowney has registered a campaign committee, Citizens for Paul Muldowney, with himself as chairman and Hagerstown resident Leslie P. Suder as treasurer.

Paperwork was filed Sept. 14, according to Elections Board records.

Muldowney, who served from 1978-86 as a Democrat from the district now served by Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has been rumored to be interested in running next year for the seat occupied by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

Muldowney was out of town and unavailable for comment, but Suder, a longtime family friend, said Wednesday that he and the former legislator had been "mulling it around for a while."

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It would not be the first time he has challenged Donoghue - Muldowney lost a primary race against Donoghue in 1998 by fewer than 300 votes. Two years later, Muldowney switched parties.

Suder said he did not know when or whether Muldowney would make a formal announcement.

"We're testing to see what kind of backing we would get," he said.

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