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Candidate for delegate seat touts government experience

July 22, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Ted Brennan has been a town elected official and worked on Capitol Hill.

Now, he's hoping to be the next Subdistrict 2B state delegate.

"Our nation is in absolute peril ..." he said. "We're losing that edge. Nations are surpassing us. As an American, I can't sit back and let that happen."

The most meaningful place to act is at the state level, he said.

Brennan, 41, has lived in Keedysville for about five years.

Previously, he was on the town council in Emmitsburg, Md., for a year and served on the planning and zoning commission and the board of appeals there. He's still chairman of Emmitsburg's ethics commission, despite not living there anymore.

In Washington, D.C., he worked for the House Committee on International Relations and the Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus, as well as former U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C.

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He has worked on national security, counterterrorism and other topics for Tew Cardenas LLP, his resume says, and was a legislative assistant for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit organization that supports conservative lawmakers.

For the last year, he's been assistant director of government relations for the Washington, D.C.-based ONE Campaign, which fights poverty and disease, particularly in Africa.

Brennan, a Republican, formed a fundraising committee in January, for no specific office, but didn't file to run until July 1, shortly before deadline.

His Republican opponent, Neil Parrott, announced his candidacy in September 2009.

The primary will be Sept. 14. The winner will face Democrat Brien J. Poffenberger in the Nov. 2 general election.

Brennan said he's behind in campaigning and raising money, but ability and qualifications matter most. He said he doesn't think Parrott would be as "ready to go bare knuckles in Annapolis" as he is.

Both men waited until current delegate Christopher B. Shank decided to run for state Senate before getting in the race.

Brennan said he knows the nuances of political negotiation -- the GOP is greatly outnumbered in the General Assembly -- and won't compromise on principle.

Delegates serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 per year.

Ted Brennan



Date of birth: Sept. 15, 1968

Address: 18611 Outpost Road, Keedysville

Education: Bachelor's degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame in 1990

Occupation: Assistant director for government relations for ONE Campaign, which fights poverty and disease, particularly in Africa

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Worked on Capitol Hill for House Committee on International Relations, Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus, and for U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C.; in Emmitsburg, Md., served one year on town council, was president of planning and zoning commission, served on board of appeals and is chairman of ethics commission

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