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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