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Stouffer pursuing 2A delegate seat

May 21, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- While Robert A. McKee was his state delegate, Denny Stouffer said he was satisfied with his representation and didn't want to run for the position.

But when McKee resigned in 2008, Stouffer decided to seek the delegate seat in Subdistrict 2A.

Stouffer, an auctioneer and real estate agent, said he was one of the first of 19 people to apply for the vacancy.

The Washington County Republican Central Committee picked Andrew A. Serafini, who is seeking a full four-year term in this year's election.

Stouffer remained interested, though, and is challenging Serafini in September's GOP primary.

Stouffer, 56, of Ringgold, said he grew up in a household interested in politics and current events.

He said he was bothered by the 2007 special session, when the Maryland General Assembly approved more than $1 billion in new taxes, with little public input.

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"That is not right," he said. "Where is the transparency here?"

"The big issue," Stouffer said, "is the economy and jobs. You can't keep taxing people and expect them to stay and add jobs."

Another concern is how to handle immigration, and Stouffer said it's a complex issue he wants to investigate more before forming policy ideas.

Stouffer said he thinks of himself as a conservative, and the Republican party best reflects those ideals.

He graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1972. He said he studied electronics briefly at Hagerstown Junior College, then set off into farming.

According to a summary he prepared, he was a self-employed dairy farmer from 1974 to 1982.

From 1983 through 2004, he worked for the Maryland Division of Correction. He retired as a lieutenant and was a K-9 unit commander.

About 11 years ago, he started Stouffer's Auction Company, which sells, among other things, real estate.

Stouffer said that a few years later, he became a real estate broker, so he could help people buy property, too, instead of only selling it.

His business card advertises his auction company on one side and Quad State Realty, which he and his wife own, on the other side.

The primary will be Sept. 14. The general election is Nov. 2.

Maryland delegates earn $43,500 a year.

Bio box



House of Delegates

Subdistrict 2A

Name: Denny Stouffer

Date of birth: Jan. 19, 1954

Address: 23506 Ringgold Pike

Hometown: Ringgold

Education: Graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1972; studied electronics briefly at Hagerstown Junior College

Occupation: Auctioneer, real estate broker

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: First run for office; applied for vacant Subdistrict 2A delegate seat in 2008

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