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Hough files for delegate race

August 17, 2009

The race to replace state Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr. has its first official candidate -- Michael Hough of Brunswick, Md., who filed on Friday.

In March 2008, Hough, a Republican, announced his interest in pursuing the seat.

The election is next year.

Weldon, who is not affiliated with a political party, said in February 2008 that he wasn't going to run for re-election. He is finishing his second four-year term.

Subdistrict 3B is mostly in Frederick County, Md., but also includes a small portion of southern Washington County.

Hough has served as a legislative aide to Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

On his Web site, Hough listed campaign proposals and personal beliefs that include:

  • Rolling back taxes enacted by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat

  • Reducing traffic congestion and building new roads

  • Opposing abortion and efforts to pay for it with tax money

  • Supporting marriage as a union of one man and one woman

  • Supporting Second Amendment gun-ownership rights

  • Opposing welfare benefits for illegal immigrants

  • Ensuring that the pace of school construction matches the pace of residential development

    "Since announcing my candidacy, I've made cutting taxes and creating jobs two of my top priorities," he said in a news release.

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Frederick County Commissioner Charles A. Jenkins, a Republican, said in January that he also is running for the seat. As of Monday, he hadn't filed, according to Maryland State Board of Elections records.

-- Andrew Schotz

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