Washington County filing deadline approaching

June 27, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

The clock is ticking for anyone wishing to run for public office in this year's election.

The deadline to file for office is 9 p.m. July 3, and the Washington County Board of Elections office at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown will be open until 9 that night to accommodate late filers.

Candidates for county offices, courthouse offices, the Washington County Board of Education and party central committees must file at the county elections office. The filing fee for those offices is $25, except for central committee positions, which are $10.

Candidates for state or federal office or Circuit Court judge must file at the state elections office in Annapolis. Fees are $290 for governor, lieutenant governor or U.S. Senate, $100 for U.S. House of Representatives and $50 for General Assembly offices or Circuit Court judge.


Candidates must file in person and have a form of identification and know their election districts and precincts.

More information, including filing forms, is available at the state board's Web site,

Voters or prospective candidates may also contact the county board office at 240-313-2050.

Weldon's previous engagement

ANNAPOLIS -When the General Assembly reconvened Friday to consider Gov. Robert Ehrlich's veto of its energy bill, Del. Richard B. Weldon, R-Washington/Frederick, begged off because he had a prior commitment - preparations for his daughter's wedding, which was scheduled Saturday.

Weldon sought an excused absence as soon as House Speaker Michael E. Busch summoned legislators back to the statehouse, and he notified local media of his dilemma.

But he didn't miss the opportunity to let everyone know what he thought about the bill.

"A father has only one chance to plan and carry out his daughter's wedding," he wrote in a note to the press. "I take my Delegate service very seriously, but I realize that this Special Session is just one more blatant political maneuver by the legislative leadership to shift the focus away from the failure of deregulation. I would not vote to override the Governor's veto, mostly because the bill that passed removes all semblance of consumer choice, places other entities under (Public Service Commission) jurisdiction ... in jeopardy at the hands of a new and politically charged Public Service Commission, and really only defers the dramatic rate increases until after the state election.

"Frankly, when balancing my priorities, it is a very easy choice between making my daughter's most special day memorable and another silly political game in Annapolis," Weldon concluded. "Had this vote truly reflected an outcome that would have been beneficial to state ratepayers, I would have likely reached a different conclusion."

Campaign office opens

FREDERICK, Md. - Sue Hecht, candidate for House of Delegates District 3A, opened her new campaign office at 405 North Market St. in Frederick last week.

Hecht also announced the hiring of Johnny Mathias of Frederick as her campaign manager.

Mathias grew up in Frederick County and attended public schools, graduating from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 2004, according to a press release from the campaign. He earned a full scholarship to the University of Maryland at College Park to study Government and Politics and has finished his second year. He is the son of Heartly House Board Member Patty Sheehan and Frederick County Attorney John Mathias. He will run the daily operations of the campaign.

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