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Edwards defeats Sines in state Senate race, will face Conlon

September 13, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

Del. George Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany, appeared to be coasting to the Republican nomination for the District 1 Senate seat being vacated by John J. Hafer.

At presstime, Edwards was leading his opponent, John "Ross" Sines, by a margin of 7,367 to 1,848.

The district includes all of Garrett and Allegany counties and the westernmost portion of Washington County. These numbers reflect all of Garrett County's precincts, 78 percent of Allegany's and 43 percent of the Washington County precincts in that district.

Edwards, 58, a Grantsville businessman, is serving his sixth term in the House of Delegates.

Sines, 74, of Oakland, is a former Garrett County commissioner.

Edwards will face Democrat Thomas Conlon, 81, in the General Election in November.

Maryland senators serve four-year terms and are paid a yearly salary of $43,500.

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