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2B delegate race now has three candidates

July 13, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A Keedysville man is the third candidate for the Subdistrict 2B state delegate race, setting up a Republican primary.

Ted Brennan filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on July 1, according to Ross Goldstein, the board's deputy administrator. However, Brennan's name wasn't posted with those of other candidates at the board's website when the July 6 filing deadline arrived.

It's not clear when Brennan's name was first listed. Brennan said it was July 7, but Neil Parrott, his opponent in the Republican primary, said Brennan still wasn't on the website as a candidate July 8.

The Herald-Mail saw Brennan's name on the board website Monday, six days after the filing deadline.

Goldstein wasn't aware Tuesday about the delay in posting Brennan's name and had no explanation for it.

Brennan, 41, is an assistant director for government relations for the Washington, D.C.-based ONE Campaign, which says it fights poverty and disease, particularly in Africa.

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He previously worked for a Senate caucus, a House committee and a Congressman on Capitol Hill.

The Subdistrict 2B seat is open this year because Del. Christopher B. Shank is challenging Donald F. Munson for his state Senate seat in a GOP primary instead of running for re-election.

Parrott announced in September 2009 that he was seeking the 2B seat, assuming Shank wasn't running again.

Democrat Brien J. Poffenberger was the second person in the race, announcing his candidacy in May.

The Republican primary will be Sept. 14. The general election is Nov. 2.

Brennan, a former town council member in Emmitsburg, Md., said he wouldn't have run for delegate if Shank ran again.

In January, Brennan formed a committee that let him raise money, but he didn't designate an elected office.

He and Parrott have talked to each other about the race. They agreed that the loser will support the winner in the primary.

Subdistrict 2B covers an area that starts east of Hagerstown and runs south through Boonsboro.

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