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Poffenberger to run for delegate

May 26, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Democrat Brien J. Poffenberger kicked off his campaign Wednesday in Sharpsburg to run for state delegate in Subdistrict 2B.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG -- Touting his work with a lobbying coalition, Democrat Brien J. Poffenberger said he's running for state delegate in Subdistrict 2B to keep fighting for the community.

As the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's president and CEO, Poffenberger was a point person in a local coalition that has lobbied on state issues for several years.

Poffenberger -- on unpaid leave from his Chamber job -- listed the group's successes, such as locking in state money for a downtown library and a state police barrack, and rising up against University System of Maryland at Hagerstown cuts.

"This isn't a Republican agenda. This isn't a Democratic agenda," he said. "This is a Washington County agenda."

Poffenberger is the only Democrat publicly committed to seeking the 2B seat.

Republican Neil Parrott, who organized the Hagerstown Tea Party, filed to run in February.

Both are vying for the seat Republican Christopher B. Shank has held since 1999. Rather than seek re-election, Shank is challenging Donald F. Munson in a GOP primary for the District 2 state Senate seat.

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At a campaign kickoff in Poffenberger's hometown of Sharpsburg on Wednesday, Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, said Poffenberger would be a good addition to the Donoghue-Munson team in Annapolis.

Former Washington County Commissioner John Schnebly, Poffenberger's campaign treasurer, said he expects voters this fall to choose "substance over complaint" and "accomplishment over obstruction."

Poffenberger said Washington County gets short shrift in Annapolis.

"A prominent Maryland politician once told me sand and trees don't vote ...," meaning Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore don't matter, he said.

"We need a voice in Sharpsburg and in Keedysville and in Boonsboro and in Funkstown that puts Washington County first," Poffenberger said, "and lets the people in Annapolis know they can't ignore us anymore."

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