On the Campaign Trail

July 04, 2010

Wivell's plans unknown as filing deadline nears

Anyone who plans to run for office this year has until 9 p.m. Tuesday to do it.

As commonly happens, many candidates have waited until the final week to commit.

The biggest unknown question as of Friday was William J. Wivell, who hadn't filed for another term as Washington County commissioner.

In the past, Wivell, a Republican finishing his third term as a commissioner, has expressed interest in running for state delegate. (He lives in Subdistrict 2A.)

All four of the other commissioners have made their plans clear.

Republicans John F. Barr and Terry Baker and Democrat Kristin B. Aleshire are seeking re-election. Republican James F. Kercheval is not.


Becker's campaign kickoff

Neil Becker, a Democrat seeking the Subdistrict 2A state delegate seat, is planning an official start to his campaign this week.

Becker's kickoff event will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church's Riggie Hall, 17630 Virginia Ave., Halfway.

Becker is the only Democrat in the race so far.

Andrew A. Serafini, a Republican appointed to the seat in 2008, is running for a full four-year term. Republican Denny Stouffer is challenging him in a primary.

Constituent response? Check

Washington County Commissioner candidate Jeff Cline suspects that people are noticing his campaign signs, which have a check mark next to his name.

Cline, a Republican, said that as he has stood waving at traffic, some people have raised a thumb and forefinger at him at an angle.

At first, he was unsure. Was that a gang sign?

He later figured it out -- they were giving him a check mark sign.

Who Progressive Maryland likes

Even before this year's filing deadline arrived, the left-leaning group Progressive Maryland started giving endorsements -- all for Democrats -- in county, state and federal races.

The group also released its 2010 list of "Heroes of Working Families." Again, everyone on the list is a Democrat.

Everyone on the opposite list, "Champions of Special Interests," is a Republican.

The lists are based on what Progressive Maryland sees as a handful of key issues for families.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was tied for the second-worst "Special Interests" score among state senators. Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, was 10th.

On the House side, two Republican members of the Washington County delegation -- Andrew A. Serafini and Charles A. Jenkins -- were among 22 delegates tied for the worst score.

-- Andrew Schotz

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