Mooney hasn't changed legislative philosophy

July 09, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Sen. Alex X. Mooney is leading with his conservative credentials as he tries for a fourth term.

He said his top priority has remained steady in his 11 years in office -- balancing the state budget without raising taxes. He favors less taxation and less government.

Mooney, a Republican, said he's one of the few legislators in Annapolis who hasn't voted to raise taxes.

Mooney, 39, of Frederick, has no Republican challengers in this year's election.

Two Democrats -- Don DeArmon and Ronald N. Young -- are vying for the right to face Mooney in the Nov. 2 general election.

He anticipates a general election at least as close as the one four years ago. He defeated Democrat Candy O. Greenway 52 percent to 48 percent in 2006.


In 2002, he defeated C. Sue Hecht with 55 percent of the vote.

Four years earlier, in his first state Senate victory, Mooney received 56 percent of the vote.

Mooney said he expects Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and other Democratic leaders to pour tens of thousands of dollars into his opponent's campaign account.

For his own campaign fund, Mooney is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In January, as the most recent campaign finance form was due, he announced that his campaign had around $200,000.

While Democrats note that the district went for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, Mooney said, the district was strongly for Republican George W. Bush four years earlier.

Mooney called it "your classic swing district."

He said more independent voters seem to lean Republican this year and even Democrats are at least listening as he goes door to door, so he thinks his chances for re-election are good.

Mooney, the executive director of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

He represents District 3, which is mostly in Frederick County but also includes a piece of Washington County.

State senators serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 a year.

Maryland State Senate

District 3

Name: Alex X. Mooney, incumbent

Date of birth: June 7, 1971

Address: 8319 Sharon Drive

Hometown: Frederick, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1993

Occupation: Executive director of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.

Political party: Republican

Political experience: State senator since 1999; former staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; former legislative analyst for the U.S. House Republican Conference Committee under Rep. John Boehner, the current minority leader

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