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DeArmon's focus is Interstate 270

July 21, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Don DeArmon sums up his state Senate candidacy in three words: "Fix Interstate 270."

"That will be my highest priority if I'm elected to the Senate," he said.

DeArmon said I-270, one of the most clogged highways in the state, is expected to get worse while the areas around it grow.

The state Department of Transportation spent 15 years studying the I-270/U.S. 15 corridor and produced a report suggesting additional lanes and mass transit, including light rail, DeArmon said.

He said he'd focus on the project as a state legislator and make sure the improvements are made.

"It's getting absolutely no attention from the current senator," DeArmon said, referring to Sen. Alex X. Mooney.

Mooney, a Republican, is running for his fourth term. He represents District 3, which is mostly in Frederick County, but also has a small piece of Washington County.

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DeArmon and Ronald N. Young are competing in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. The winner will face Mooney in the Nov. 2 general election.

Maryland state senators serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 per year.

DeArmon, 55, of Frederick, said he has more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill, including 28 years working for members of Congress.

He now works for Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates LLC in Washington, D.C., as a federal lobbyist representing community hospitals, health clinics, municipalities and other nonprofit organizations.

He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994, 2000 and 2002.

In addition to I-270, DeArmon said he wants to ensure that Maryland's public schools, colleges and universities remain strong.

DeArmon accused Mooney of being removed from his constituents, especially in Washington County, which has only one District 3 precinct.

He said a state lawmaker should be active in all sorts of issues affecting the district, such as stormwater management and teacher pensions.

"I don't think we've had that in Senator Mooney for 12 years," DeArmon said. "He seems to delight in opposing progress ... He's not known for working in a collaborative fashion."

Don DeArmon



Date of birth: June 1, 1955

Address: 108 W. College Terrace, Frederick, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in American history from University of North Carolina in 1977

Occupation: Spent 28 years working for various members of Congress on Capitol Hill; currently a federal lobbyist representing community hospitals, health clinics, municipalities and other nonprofit organizations

Party affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994, 2000, 2002; was legislative director for U.S. Rep. Vic Fazio, D-Calif., from 1995 to 1999 and for U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., from 1999 to 2005

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