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Candidates' forum comments - House of Delegates Subdistrict 2C

October 20, 2006

Paul Muldowney, 71, Hagerstown - Republican


On slots: Maryland is losing $650 million a year to nearby states with slots. "Charles Town, W.Va., looks like Las Vegas." Money could go to school construction and teachers' salaries.

Top priority: Affordable health care, a problem made worse by the state legislature and mandates that drive up costs. Also, $200 tax on HMOs in name of tort reform "raises costs for working families."

On leadership: It's convincing others on your point of view, which includes "cajoling" and "presenting facts as they truly are." Also, looking at all information, then taking action, without regard for pressure or personal gain.

Most important misperception public might have: "There are a few people who think that I have an edge about me." But as a business person, employees "loved working for me."

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On crime and prisons: Prison parolees affect local crime rate. Over time, "the problem didn't go away. The dealing with the problem went away."

Support charter home rule for Washington County? Yes

Support gay marriage? No

Support term limits? "Absolutely"




John P. Donoghue, 49, Hagerstown - Democrat (incumbent)


On slots: Supports, as long as it's regulated and revenue is distributed for education, health care and other public needs.

Top priority: Cost of health care. Many Marylanders are uninsured. When they're treated in emergency rooms, everyone else helps pay for that care. Wal-Mart didn't have adequate coverage for employees.

On leadership: In Annapolis, it's the ability to work with others. "It's called compromise. You can't just push people around and force your views on them."

On crime and prisons: Provide law enforcement with "adequate resources" and protect them. Sponsored a bill making it a felony to assault a police officer. Current administration has been "woefully inadequate" at staffing prisons, which puts officers "in harm's way every day." Entire state Division of Parole and Probation "should be revamped."

What should be changed in Annapolis? More decorum. "We have bitter partisanship" and should return to a spirit of friendship and civility.

Support charter home rule for Washington County? Yes

Support gay marriage? No

Support term limits? No

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