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Local labor group endorses primarily Democrats

August 21, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Most - but not all - of the Washington County candidates endorsed by a local labor group last week are Democrats.

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council announced nine endorsements Wednesday for the Sept. 12 primary.

The two Republicans are William J. Wivell, an incumbent, for county commissioner and Gordon A. Lynn, who is running for state's attorney.

The council's Democratic choices are Donna L. Brightman, J. Herbert Hardin, Paul L. Swartz and Hampton W. Wedlock Jr. for county commissioner; incumbent Dennis Weaver for clerk of the circuit court; incumbent John R. Bloyer II for register of wills; and Douglas W. Mullendore for sheriff.

A few weeks ago, the council announced endorsements of six state candidates - all Democrats - in Washington and Frederick counties.

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The Washington County Commissioners race has 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats in the primaries. Five commissioner seats are up for election.

In the state's attorney contest, Lynn is one of three Republicans, including incumbent Charles P. Strong Jr. One Democrat is running.

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council did not endorse anyone in the orphans' court judge race.

County Treasurer Todd L. Hershey, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

The deadline for people to register to vote in the Sept. 12 primary election is Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Election offices must have received an application by then.

If an application was mailed, it must be postmarked on or before that day.

Registered voters who have moved must provide their new address by the Tuesday deadline.

Voter registration applications are available at the Washington County Board of Elections, 35 W. Washington St., Room 101, Hagerstown, as well as several other locations, such as post offices and public libraries.

Forms may be downloaded at www.elections.state.md.us. Under "voter registration," click on "application."

Senate candidates make visits to area

Two U.S. Senate candidates stopped in Washington County last week during tours across the state.

Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat, was at Lion Ribbon Co. on Willow Circle in Hagers-town on Tuesday.

Josh Rales, another Democrat, walked through Hagers-town on Wednesday.

Eighteen Democrats and 10 Republicans are running for the U.S. Senate sea held by Democrat Paul Sarbanes, who is not seeking re-election.

The general election is Nov. 7.

One Green Party candidate will be on the general election ballot.

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