On The Campaign Trail

July 11, 2010

Dems' chairwoman not running again

Four years is enough, Washington County Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman Patricia Heck has decided.

She said her husband retired at the end of last year and she promised him they would travel together, so she isn't running again for a central committee seat.

Heck said she thinks she might have been a compromise candidate four years ago when the committee was choosing a chairperson.

During her time as chairwoman, she said, the party has attracted new blood and has some younger people running for committee seats.


"I leave feeling really good about what has happened," she said.

Nine people are running for eight committee seats.

The Democratic Party mandates equal representation between men and women on the committee. If there is an imbalance after the election, the committee will appoint more people to ensure parity.

Fundraising with 'price points'

Does marketing help with campaign fundraising?

State delegate candidate Brien J. Poffenberger recently talked about "price points" in attracting donors.

A case in point: two July campaign events.

On July 3, Poffenberger invited supporters to a picnic on Dunker Church Road to coincide with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's annual Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield.

Tickets cost $100 for individuals and $175 for families. Poffenberger said about 50 or 60 people attended.

On July 24, he's holding a picnic at Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for those younger than 12 (in advance) and $10 for adults and $6 for children (at the door).

Different prices attract different supporters, Poffenberger said.

Poffenberger, a Democrat, is running against Republican Neil Parrott for the Subdistrict 2B delegate seat.

Free movie

Parrott took his fundraising indoors Thursday at Leitersburg Cinemas north of Hagerstown. He held a campaign event, during which free movie tickets were given to dozens of youths.

Parrott said before the event that he expected about 55 youths from San Mar Children's Home and Cedar Ridge Children's Home to get tickets, paid for by corporate sponsors.

Others paid $15 a person or $40 a family to attend the family-friendly-movie fundraising event, with free popcorn and soda.

Parrott said in a news release that he wanted to support the business partners who invested in and reopened Leitersburg Cinemas.

By chance, Ehrlich for Mooney

Sen. Alex X. Mooney said he stopped in Annapolis on his way back from Ocean City, Md., over the July 4 weekend and ended up with an endorsement.

On the street, Mooney ran into former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is running again, and lieutenant governor candidate Mary D. Kane.

Mooney said one of his campaign workers shot an impromptu video in which Ehrlich and Kane urged voters to re-elect Mooney.

"I just want to remind everybody that Senator Mooney has been taxpayers' best friend in Annapolis, the small business person's best friend as well," Ehrlich said in the one-minute clip.

-- Andrew Schotz

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