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Brubaker drops out of primary race for county seat

August 29, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Martin Brubaker, one of 12 Democratic candidates for a Washington County Commissioners seat, withdrew from the race Monday, two weeks before the primary.

In a written statement, Brubaker said his decision was for "personal reasons." During a telephone interview, he wouldn't elaborate, but added that there was "no scandal" involved.

Brubaker's name will remain on the ballot, which has been printed, said Kaye Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections.

The Sept. 12 primary ballots will list 12 Democrats - including Brubaker - and 12 Republicans for county commissioner.

All five commissioner seats are up for election. Four incumbents are running.

Brubaker, 59, of Hagerstown, filed to run June 30.

At the time, during a campaign interview, he said he wanted to help manage growth so the county didn't become another "residential, scattered development suburb of Baltimore, Washington and Frederick."

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He sits on boards and commissions that review planning, water, sewer and housing.

"For personal reasons, I am withdrawing as an active candidate for County Commissioner," his written statement says. "My name will appear on the ballot - please choose from the many other candidates competing for your vote.

"I wish to thank all those who have supported me. I urge them to remain involved and vote in the upcoming elections.

"I do intend to remain active in the civic life of this community. Thank you."

Brubaker said during an interview that he received good feedback from voters, but "it takes money, too."

He said his finance statement filed by the Aug. 15 deadline showed his campaign having no money.

He said the statement due by Friday will show the campaign having about $500. Friends donated about $150; he and his wife provided the rest, he said.

Brubaker said his campaign put up about 50 signs, which will be taken down.

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