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Hesse plans 'exciting announcement'

July 25, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Scott Hesse, who filed in April to run for Maryland state delegate, said Monday that he'll make an announcement about his campaign at a press conference this afternoon.

Asked if he was withdrawing from the race, Hesse said he wasn't prepared to talk about his announcement until today.

After a brief phone conversation, Hesse later called a reporter back to say that the announcement also involves Paul Muldowney, the other Republican in the race. Hesse wouldn't comment further, other than adding, "I'm excited. It will be an exciting announcement."

Contacted Monday afternoon, Muldowney said he heard about the press conference but didn't know what the announcement would be, so he couldn't comment.

Hesse and Muldowney are registered to run as Republicans for the Subdistrict 2C delegate seat held by Democrat John P. Donoghue.

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On the Democratic side, Donoghue - seeking his fifth four-year term as a delegate - is facing a challenge from James M. Devine.

District 2C roughly matches the city of Hagerstown's borders.

The primary is Sept. 12. The general election is Nov. 7.

Dorothy Kaetzel, Washington County's election director, said the deadline for candidates to officially withdraw was July 13. If Hesse withdraws, his name will remain on the ballot, which has been prepared, she said.

As of the last campaign filing date, Muldowney had a large fundraising advantage over Hesse.

The Maryland State Board of Elections' Web site says Citizens for Paul Muldowney had received $28,400 in contributions and spent $48.62, leaving a balance of $28,351.38.

Friends of Scott Hesse had taken in $488.07 - in loans, rather than contributions.

The campaign fund had spent $388.07 in printing and campaign materials, leaving a balance of $100.

In addition, Friends of Scott Hesse reported outstanding bills of $699.75. Added to $488.07 in outstanding loans, the campaign fund's outstanding obligations totaled $1,187.82

The next campaign finance filing deadline is Aug. 15.

Hesse, who ran unsuccessfully for Hagerstown City Council in 2005, is president of Mid Atlantic System Integrators Inc., a Hagerstown computer networking company he started in 1982.

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