Candidate helps form a vehicle democracy

September 18, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ and TAMELA BAKER

N. Linn Hendershot, a Democrat running for Washington County Commissioner, got three responses when he volunteered, in print, to help people get to the polls.

In the "You Said It" section of the Sept. 11 Morning Herald, Hendershot said he'd help anyone who needed a ride on Primary Day. "Your party affiliation is not an issue. Please vote," his offer said.

Hendershot said Thursday that the three people who called him were senior citizens with no transportation. He rode along while someone he knows drove two people to the polls. A third caller ended up catching a ride with a neighbor.

Hendershot, who advanced to the Nov. 7 general election, said he had "no clue" how the callers voted.

Countdown to removal of signs

Look for a moderate change in the landscape by the end of the month. Candidates who lost in the Sept. 12 primaries have 15 days to take down their political signs, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.


Don't expect a barren landscape, though. Primary winners are allowed to keep their signs up through the general election.

Running a-Long both lines in the primary

Republicans had one choice in the Washington County circuit judge primary - the same choice Democrats had: M. Kenneth Long Jr.

Long, a longtime Washington County state's attorney and short-term district judge, was appointed circuit judge in 2005, but had to run again this year to hold the position.

Running unopposed Tuesday, Long received 7,007 in the Republican primary and 5,868 in the Democratic primary, including absentee ballots counted Thursday.

Donna Duncan, the director of the election management division for the Maryland State Board of Elections, said it's common for circuit judge candidates to file for office through both major parties.

Short and sweet?

Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce members had only been served a light salad Friday when Gov. Robert Ehrlich arrived for a lunchtime chat. The entree, chamber officials said, would be served after the governor made his remarks and answered questions from the audience.

Sensing mutiny if they had to wait too long for lunch, Ehrlich promised to "give really quick answers!"

He spent a little time talking about what taxpayers were getting for their tax dollars, however. "Our K-through-12 test scores are up throughout the state, in every single jurisdiction except one," he said, prompting a chorus of chuckles as a few in the audience called, "Which one?"

He insisted he didn't make the remark to be funny, but it provided him another opportunity to bash his Democratic opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, on what has become a sore spot for the city's school system. Baltimore schools have some of the lowest scores in the state.

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