Campaign notes

November 04, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Maryland Chamber PAC endorses Republicans

The Maryland Chamber Political Action Committee has made its picks for Tuesday's elections.

In state races involving Washington County, the committee - which says it supports pro-business candidates - endorsed all Republicans:

· Senate District 1 - George C. Edwards, running against Democrat Thomas Conlon

· Senate District 2 - Donald F. Munson, the unopposed incumbent

· Senate District 3 - Alex X. Mooney, the incumbent, running against Democrat Candy O. Greenway

· Delegate Subdistrict 1C - LeRoy E. Myers Jr., the incumbent, whose opponent is Democrat Brian K. Grim

· Delegate Subdistrict 2A - Robert A. McKee, the unopposed incumbent

· Delegate Subdistrict 2B - Christopher B. Shank, the unopposed incumbent

· Delegate Subdistrict 2C - Paul Muldowney, challenging Democratic incumbent John P. Donoghue

· Delegate Subdistrict 3B - Richard B. Weldon Jr., the incumbent, running against Democrat Paul Gilligan


Two GOP attorneys favor Democrat

Two local attorneys who lost a Republican primary for Washington County state's attorney want voters to choose the Democrat in the general election.

Gregory C. Bannon and Gordon A. Lynn lost to incumbent Charles P. Strong Jr. in the Republican primary in September.

In an ad in Wednesday's editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail, Bannon and Lynn urge people to vote for Democrat Jerry Joyce, a private attorney, although the ad doesn't say why.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3373, which represents about 70 Hagerstown police officers, endorsed Lynn in the primary.

At the time, Wayne Hose, the union president, said officers were concerned about communication between police and the state's attorney's office.

Asked Friday about Bannon's and Lynn's ad, Hose said the police union isn't taking a position in Tuesday's race.

Mayor Bruchey likes Muldowney for delegate

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II supports fellow Republican Paul Muldowney in Tuesday's delegate Subdistrict 2C race.

In a letter to the editor today, Bruchey calls incumbent Democrat John P. Donoghue a "part-time Delegate" who hasn't objected to a tax imbalance between the city and Washington County.

Bruchey's letter says certain tax revenue generated in the city is unfairly spent in the county, such as to pay down the county's sewer debt.

Asked Friday about his letter, Bruchey said citizens should know how an elected official feels about state legislators who represent his district.

Retired administrators back three of their own

The Washington County Retired School Administrators are endorsing three of their own in county elections.

The group has picked Democrats Kristin B. Aleshire, J. Herbert Hardin and Paul L. Swartz and Republicans John F. Barr and James F. Kercheval in the Washington County Commissioners race.

The group also picked Paul W. Bailey, Jacqueline B. Fischer and Ruth Anne Callaham for the nonpartisan Washington County Board of Education race.

Bailey, Hardin and Swartz are members of the Washington County Retired School Administrators, according to Gerald G. Holmes, the chairman of the group's steering committee.

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