On The Campaign Trail

July 08, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Souders committee bid derailed

On Tuesday night, the filing deadline day, Donnie Souders Jr.'s name was posted on the state board of elections' website as a Washington County Democratic Central Committee candidate.

A few minutes later, his name was taken down.

Souders served three years on the committee before leaving in August 2007. He decided to run again this year.

But when he filed Tuesday, his name was flagged for having an unpaid debt.

In 2008, the state board of elections required the central committee to submit more information about a previously filed audit report.

The original report was filed on time, while Souders was treasurer, but the additional information was filed late, after Souders had left the committee.


The information was submitted 21 days late and the fine was $210, said Jared DeMarinis, the board of elections' director of candidacy and campaign finance.

Souders said he was told Tuesday that he, as treasurer when the original report was filed, was responsible for the fine and couldn't run until it was paid, but he didn't have enough money with him. He didn't have time to get money and come back because he had a Smithsburg Town Council meeting to attend, so he gave up and left.

Patricia Heck, the chairwoman of the Democratic central committee, said Wednesday she thinks the fine is an error. She said she was granted an extension for the additional information, which she filed Dec. 16.

Souders - who planned to run for mayor of Smithsburg, then withdrew from the race - said this seemed like another office that wasn't to be.

"I guess this is something you chalk up as a learning experience," he said.

Nine people are running for eight spots on the Democratic central committee - including Blakeley A. Jackson, Souders' wife.

Two fundraisers

Upcoming campaign fundraisers include:

o A southern barbecue to benefit Congress candidate Andrew Duck on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. It will be at the home of Michelle and Greg Currey at 1512 Marker Road near Middletown. The suggested donation is $30 per adult and $10 for children younger than 16. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. Duck is one of two Democrats trying to win the Congress seat now held by Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett. Four Republicans, one Libertarian Party candidate and one Constitution Party candidate are challenging Bartlett, too.

o An event to benefit state Sen. Donald F. Munson on July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center on Dual Highway. Tickets cost $75 for one person and $100 for two people. Finger food and an open bar are included. Munson is facing a Republican primary challenge from Christopher B. Shank.


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