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Education is focus of Grim's campaign

July 25, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Brian K. Grim has put education at the top of his platform as he tries to unseat Maryland Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. in Subdistrict 1C.

First, Grim will face Frederick J. Hill in a Democratic primary Sept. 12.

Myers is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

The general election is Nov. 7.

Grim, 26, who is single and lives in South Cumberland, Md., recently earned a master's degree in teaching from Frostburg State University, according to a biography on his Web site.

He said during an interview that he wants to fully fund every primary and secondary public education classroom in the state.

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He also favors lowering the cost of college tuition so more people can afford it.

Asked for specifics, Grim said he has ideas, but wants to research them more before sharing them.

He said he disagrees with federal No Child Left Behind mandates and wants to see if Maryland can opt out of them.

Grim, who has not run for office before, noticeably diverges from Myers on a proposal to legalize slot machines in Maryland.

Myers opposes it. Grim supports it, but as long as about 20 percent of the gross income goes back to localities that host slot machines.

Grim's written platform also gives his brief opinions on economic development, housing growth and gun ownership.

"There has been some planning, but I don't think (growth) has been managed very well," he said during an interview.

He said he agrees with attempts to attract new employers through tax incentives, but not by giving them property.

Finally, Grim considers gun ownership a federal constitutional right.

Grim said he has worked for the state Department of Natural Resources, managing the concessions at Rocky Gap State Park, since February.

If he wins the general election, however, he said he'll resign from his job. He said a state ethics commission advised him that he needed to do that to avoid a conflict of interest.

William Somerville, an ethics counsel for the Maryland General Assembly, said otherwise during a telephone interview. Somerville said someone may hold a state job, then get elected to office, but not the other way around.

Most of Subdistrict 1C lies in Allegany County. It also includes portions of western Washington County, such as Hancock and Clear Spring.

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