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Three are unopposed in primary but will still campaign

August 01, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Three Republican state legislators running for re-election from Washington County don't have opponents but they aren't planning to sit still this election season.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, Del. Robert A. McKee and Sen. Donald F. Munson are unopposed in the Sept. 12 primary and the Nov. 7 general election.

"I am very grateful to the people of Washington County that they've placed their confidence (in me) to be running unopposed," said Shank, who is completing his second term.

"I'm still going to run a campaign," which includes going door to door, sending direct mail and filling out questionnaires, he said. "I won't take my constituents for granted."

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"I am deeply honored by not having an opponent," said Munson, who is nearing the end of his fourth term as a state senator, after four terms as a state delegate. "It means I'll spend a great deal more time doing my job than being immersed in campaigning."

Still, Munson pledged to knock on doors and meet people in newly developed areas of Washington County.

McKee, who is completing his third term, has the same plan. He mentioned developments north and south of Hagerstown that were open fields not long ago, but now have residents who might not know him.

He interpreted not having an opponent as "recognition" of what he has done as a delegate.

In 2002, each of the three legislators received more than 70 percent of the votes in their contested general-election races.

Shank, 34, is the assistant minority leader in the House and belongs to the Judiciary Committee. He is chairman of the Washington County Delegation.

Shank is married and has two children.

Munson, 68, is a member of the Senate's committees on Budget and Taxation, Rules, Spending Affordability and Executive Nominations, plus other joint committees and subcommittees.

He is married, and has one child and grandchild.

McKee, 57, belongs to the House Ways and Means Committee. He is chairman of the Western Maryland Delegation.

McKee is single and the legal guardian of a 16-year-old girl.

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