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Republican Club's candidates forum fills American Legion post

Del. Shank and Sen. Munson were among the candidates making appearances

July 28, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION
  • Andy Hawbaker, president of the Washington County Republican Club, was the emcee for Wednesday night's candidate talks at the American Legion Morris Frock Post 42 in Hagerstown.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Maryland Senate candidates Del. Christopher B. Shank and Sen. Donald F. Munson were among the candidates who appeared at a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Washington County Republican Club at the American Legion Morris Frock Post 42 on Northern Avenue.

The room where the forum was held was filled with spectators and about 20 other people were seated near a doorway.

Munson, R-Washington, who is seeking his sixth Senate term, went to the front of the room and recognized the people in attendance as the ones he truly adores and "I truly love."

After the forum, Munson said among his priorities are jobs and illegal immigration.

Munson said he is in favor of Arizona's immigration law and, although parts of it were struck down Wednesday, he believes there are parts of it that can be revisited.

Munson said he also supports English as a national language. When people in a country start using different languages, it can pull the country apart, Munson said.

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Shank, a three-term delegate running for Munson's seat, also emphasized the importance of new jobs during the forum.

Shank said the state has lost about 86,000 jobs to surrounding states because of high taxation and regulation in Maryland.

Shank said the state does not need an elaborate jobs plan but only to "live within our means."

Shank said he also fears there will be massive new tax increases if the state does not get its spending under control.

Candidates for a variety of federal, state and local offices attended the forum.

Each of the candidates was brought to the front of the room to speak for a set time. The event was moderated by Washington County Republican Club President Andy Hawbaker.

Editor's note:This story was edited July 29 to correct the number of jobs Del. Christopher B. Shank said Maryland has lost to surrounding states.

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