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Edwards has clear road to another term

July 09, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Among state lawmakers representing Washington County, only George C. Edwards has no opposition in this year's election.

Edwards, 62, of Grantsville, Md., is seeking a second term as state senator.

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

Previously, he served six terms as a delegate, and he has held county and town elected offices.

Edwards is the state senator for District 1, which covers Garrett and Allegany counties and part of Washington County. He sits on the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee.

He said he hasn't heard complaints about his representation and he's happy not to have any competition this year.

"I won't have to buy any signs," he said.

Still, Edwards said he was told that there's never really an end to campaigning, a comment on the importance of being out and about in the community.

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He said he doesn't go door to door much, but he attends as many public functions as he can, including fire department banquets and sporting events.

"So people don't just see you once every four years," Edwards said.

For those who want to talk politics, Edwards tells them about his conservative views.

He said overspending is at the heart of the state's financial crunch. Raising taxes, he said, should be a last option.

Instead, the state should concentrate on attracting and boosting businesses and creating jobs, he said.

For about 20 years, Edwards and his wife, Linda, ran a convenience store/gas station/deli called Grantsville Station.

They bought it in January 1989 and sold it in December.

Edwards said the shop gave him a clear understanding of what business people go through. He uses that as a reference point when considering the effect of new legislation, he said.

Places such as Cumberland have to worry about an increase in sales tax or in the tax on cigarettes because it's only a short drive to West Virginia, he said.

State Senate



District 1

Name: George C. Edwards, incumbent

Date of birth: April 9, 1948

Address: 23 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Hometown: Grantsville, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from Fairmont State College in 1970

Occupation: State senator; ran a convenience store/gas station/deli with his wife for about 20 years

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: State senator since 2007; state delegate from 1983 to 2007; Garrett County commissioner from 1974 to 1978; Grantsville Town Council member from 1972 to 1974 and from 1980 to 1982

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