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Serafini sees potential for unified effort

July 25, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

When he applied to take over Robert A. McKee's vacant state delegate seat in 2008, Andrew A. Serafini decided that, if chosen, he'd run in the next election.

After two years in office, Serafini said he has plenty to contribute, individually and jointly with other legislators.

"We, as a nation and a state, when we put our minds to it, we can accomplish great things. It will take a unified effort to respond to challenges," he said.

Washington County, in particular, has a strong work ethic, he said.

Serafini, a financial adviser, has zeroed in on the large gap in Maryland's pension system as one his top concerns.

"Promises were made in the past," he said. "They need to be kept."

He said it will be a challenge for the state to fully fund entitlement programs as legislators figure out how best to cut government. He suggested organizations such as United Way or Convoy of Hope to help fill in the gaps, keeping money local.

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A focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs" will be a key to economic health, he said.

Serafini, 48, who lives near Hagerstown, has two Republican opponents in the primary election -- Denny Stouffer and William J. Wivell.

The winner of the Sept. 14 primary will face Democrat Neil Becker in the Nov. 2 general election.

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

Subdistrict 2A, which Serafini represents, includes Smithsburg, Maugansville, Halfway and Williamsport.

While growing into the delegate position, Serafini said, he learned an important lesson about Annapolis: "You can get a lot done if you're not worried about who gets the credit for it."

He said he took some heat this year because none of his six bills passed, yet there was progress behind the scenes.

He and the state Comptroller's Office agreed he'd file a bill seeking fairer gas-price competition, he said. Then, the Comptroller's Office asked him to withdraw the bill, saying the change could be made through regulation.

Serafini said that was an example of bipartisanship that should happen more often.

Serafini said he'll serve no more than two full terms, in the spirit of a citizen legislature.

He praised his election opponents, saying they'd also make good delegates.




Name: Andrew A. Serafini, incumbent

Date of birth: March 9, 1962

Address: 13918 Marsh Pike, near Hagerstown

Education: Bachelor's degree in business management from Shippensburg University in 1983; certified financial planner designation from College of Financial Planning

Occupation: Financial adviser; owns Serafini Financial Services in Hagerstown

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: State delegate since March 2008

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