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Democrat files for House of Delegates seat

July 17, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

CUMBERLAND, Md. - A former Cumberland city councilman has filed for the Maryland House of Delegates from legislative Sub-District 1C, the office held by Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany.

Frederick J. Hill, a Democrat, is a retired senior vice president of Beall, Garner, Screen and Geare Insurance and Financial Services in Cumberland. A member of the Allegany County Liquor Board appointed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Hill served two terms on the city council and was twice president of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, according his resume.

A four-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Hill also served a term as president of the Allegany County Economic Development Company and as a member of an advisory committee to the state Department of Economic and Community Development. He is a former board chairman for the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund.

His resume states that he received a presidential citation from former President Jimmy Carter for a leadership role with the National Alliance of Business.

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Political observers note that Hill, 76, is a friend of former House Speaker Casper Taylor of Cumberland, the man Myers defeated in a hotly contested campaign in 2002.

Myers has filed for re-election.

"I am a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 1C, because I believe I can offer demonstrated leadership," Hill said in a prepared statement.

"Leadership does not give support to the status quo. Leadership is forward-thinking and prepared to take the initiative at every opportunity. Leadership transcends petty politics," he said.

Hill pledged his "very best efforts to represent to the utmost of my ability and to obtain positive results."

Most of the legislative district lies in Allegany County. It includes Hancock, Clear Spring and surrounding areas in western Washington County.

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