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June 24, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington County Democrats announce two committee changes

The Washington County Democratic Central Committee has elected Larry Barron to take over as vice chairman in place of N. Linn Hendershot, who died May 1.

Barron became vice chairman on May 19.

On June 16, the committee picked Willie E. Conyers to fill an open seat.

Hoover is officially Libertarian candidate for Congress

Gary William Hoover Sr. of Clear Spring officially has became the Libertarian Party's candidate in this year's race for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress.

Hoover filed the remaining paperwork on June 16 to get his name on the ballot.

In November, Hoover will face Democrat Jennifer Dougherty and Republican Roscoe Bartlett, the incumbent, who is seeking his ninth two-year term.

Sign change ahead?

After hearing from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Washington County might change its ordinance governing when election signs may be put up.


In letters to counties and municipalities, the ACLU cites court decisions, including one this year, that say government-imposed time limits on the display of political signs infringes on First Amendment free-speech rights.

An ACLU press release says the organization was sending letters to more than a dozen counties and municipalities whose ordinances restrict how long election signs may stand.

Washington County was among them.

The county's zoning ordinance allows election signs to be put up no sooner than 45 days before a primary or special election. Losing candidates have to take their signs down within 15 days after the primary or special election.

All general-election candidates must take their signs down no later than 15 days after the general election.

Washington County Attorney John Martirano said the county, which received a letter from the ACLU on June 4, might have to change its ordinance.

"It appears in the cases that they cite that they might be correct about this," he said.

He said the county has not enforced the time-limit provision of its sign ordinance.

Assistant County Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson wrote to the ACLU that he expects that his office will recommend repealing the time-limit provision.

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