On the Campaign Trail

August 13, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Meinelschmidt invites public to HQ

Cort Meinelschmidt, a Republican running for the Subdistrict 2C state delegate seat, is holding a campaign headquarters grand opening Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The office is at 39 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.

Meinelschmidt is challenging Democratic incumbent John P. Donoghue.

Stouffer offering ice cream

State delegate candidate Denny Stouffer is holding an ice cream social fundraiser on Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Springfield Farm Barn, 14 Springfield Lane, Williamsport. Tickets will be sold at the door by donation.

Stouffer is running in a GOP primary for the Subdistrict 2A seat against incumbent Andrew A. Serafini and William J. Wivell. The only Democrat in the race is Neil Becker.

Diverging from Palin

Brian Murphy, a Republican candidate for governor, got a campaign boost this month when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed him.


On her Facebook page, Palin called Murphy "a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment commonsense conservative and a firm believer in the free market and the cause for energy independence."

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Murphy's opponent in the GOP primary, shrugged off the news, telling The Baltimore Sun, "It just doesn't mean much at all."

The endorsement created an interesting test for Hagerstown Tea Party organizer Neil Parrott, who is running for state delegate.

Palin has aligned herself with the Tea Party movement. But Parrott has declared his allegiance to Ehrlich.

Asked for a post-endorsement assessment, Parrott said he likes Palin as a social conservative, but he's sticking with Ehrlich.

"Murphy is a good candidate," Parrott said, "but he started too late."

"I just think Ehrlich's our best chance," he said. "We need to go for the best chance."

Citizens for Jessica's Law picks Shank

Citizens for Jessica's Law, a Maryland group that lobbies for mandatory prison sentences for sex offenses against children, has endorsed Christopher B. Shank in his run for state Senate.

Shank, a three-term delegate, is challenging incumbent Sen. Donald F. Munson in a Sept. 14 GOP primary.

Shank was the House sponsor of a 2007 "Jessica's Law" bill, which passed and Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law. It imposes mandatory minimum sentences for adults committing certain sex offenses against children, eliminating the possibility of parole.

Registration deadline

The deadline to register for Maryland's Sept. 14 primary election is Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. A voter application sent through the mail must be postmarked by that day.

People unsure if they're registered to vote can check at or contact the Washington County Board of Elections at 240-313-2050.

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