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Leroy Myers House of Delegates 1C

July 31, 2006

Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany is seeking another term in office.

Myers, a Republican, said he wants to return to the House of Delegates because "the job's not done.

"I think the state has come a long way in four years," he said, with a growing number of Republicans in the General Assembly and the first GOP governor in three decades "restoring fiscal responsibility. We have started to see a lot of changes as far as spending taxpayers' money more wisely and eating away at our structural deficit."

While he acknowledged there is more to be done in the area of teachers' pensions and the concerns of the state's correctional officers, he said the General Assembly took steps this year to help.

In April, Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed into law a bill that enhances teachers' pensions and later a bill Myers sponsored that allows state prisons to rehire retired correctional officers to help fill staffing gaps. New positions and raises for correctional officers also were approved this year.

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But proposed changes to the state's medical malpractice laws that physicians believe would stem escalating liability insurance rates went nowhere this year.

"That's a big, big item with me," Myers said. "We have to solve the crisis once and for all."

Myers, a Clear Spring building contractor, said his first term has been "very rewarding, doing what I have done for the citizens in the western part of the county and my adopted district in eastern Allegany County. It's the first time in many years those constituents have had someone who takes their concerns and beliefs with them to Annapolis."

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