The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has endorsed U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in his bid for a ninth term and has come out in favor of legalizing slots.
Also, the Chamber is supporting four Washington County Board of Education candidates - Wayne D. Ridenour, W. Edward Forrest, Justin M. Hartings and Donna Brightman.
The Chamber released its endorsements on Thursday in an e-mail statement.
For Bartlett, the Chamber's statement says, "Our community's greatest short-term need from the federal government is help with infrastructure. Because of his seniority in Congress and his knowledge of our community, Congressman Bartlett is best positioned to deliver help with road, sewer, library, and other critical projects. We look forward to working with the Congressman to enhance our infrastructure, especially transportation needs around the new hospital, Hagerstown Community College, and the entire Eastern Avenue/Robinwood Drive corridor."
Bartlett, a Republican representing Maryland's 6th District in Congress, is running against Democrat Jennifer Dougherty and Libertarian Gary W. Hoover Sr.