BOONSBORO --Â Republican Neil Parrott committed on Monday to running for the seat now held by state Del. Christopher B. Shank, who has not announced his plans for next year's election.
Parrott, who organized a Hagerstown TEA Party protest group, said he's moving ahead as if Shank isn't running for re-election.
"I don't have any intention to run against Chris Shank," he said.
Shank, R-Washington, attended Parrott's campaign announcement on Monday and hinted that Parrott's assumption was correct.
"I don't think I would have shown up today if I was going to in any way circumvent his plans," Shank said in an interview afterward. "That would be awkward."
Nearing the end of his third term, Shank maintained that he still is "leaning" toward running against Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, in a 2010 GOP primary, but reiterated that he won't make his plans public until after Thanksgiving.