Campaign notes

September 23, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Registration deadline is Oct. 14

The Maryland State Board of Elections is reminding people that Oct. 14 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

That's also the deadline for people to request a change in polling place or update address information since the last election.

Hand-delivered applications to vote must reach the local board of elections by 9 p.m.

A mailed application must be postmarked by Oct. 14.

The Washington County Board of Elections' office is at 35 W. Washington St., room 101, in Hagerstown.

The phone number is 240-313-2050.

The Web site is

Business group endorses Bartlett

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett picked up an endorsement Wednesday from the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business association.


In a news release, Lisa Goeas, an NFIB vice president, said: "Rep. Bartlett has been a reliable ally in Congress since his election in 1992. He has consistently stood with small business owners in the fight for a pro-growth agenda that seeks to provide entrepreneurs with less government intervention and meaningful tax relief."

As he seeks a ninth two-year term, Bartlett, a Republican, is opposed by Democrat Jennifer Dougherty and Libertarian Gary W. Hoover Sr.

Obama supporters holding picnic

Female supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will gather at Hagerstown City Park's west pavilion on Saturday.

Women for Obama are holding a "We are the World" picnic that runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Local and state Democratic officials and candidates in the coming election are expected to attend.

Women for Obama T-shirts will be available and donations will be accepted.

People who want to attend or help with the event are asked to send an e-mail to by Wednesday.

Possibly coming to Hagerstown ...

Democrat Jennifer Dougherty and Libertarian Gary W. Hoover Sr. have been poking at incumbent U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican, for not promising to join them at 6th District candidate forums and debates.

The more public discourse, the better, the challengers say.

Bartlett, though, is focused on the people's business in Washington, D.C., and often can't break away from his congressional duties, says his press secretary, Lisa Wright.

All three candidates in the Nov. 4 general election attended a forum Thursday in Harford County, Md.

They'll have at least two chances next month to connect in Washington County -- an Oct. 8 Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum and an Oct. 23 evening forum sponsored by The Herald-Mail.

Wright said the Oct. 23 event seems to fit Bartlett's schedule because Congress is likely to have let out by then.

Congress might still be in session on Oct. 8, though, so Bartlett can't commit to the Chamber event.

Then, she remembered that the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur starts the evening of Oct. 8, so it's unlikely Congress will convene.

However, there's another Oct. 8 candidate forum invitation, which she wouldn't reveal.

In other words, Bartlett absolutely, positively might come to the Chamber breakfast.

Chamber President Brien J. Poffenberger said that when picking a date for the forum, he first checked with Bartlett's office, whose schedule would be the busiest.

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