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Lohr wants to be a voice for state workers

August 18, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
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Ronald Lohr thought someone else would challenge Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. this year.

But when Lohr heard Myers might go unchallenged, he jumped in. He filed July 6 -- about 45 minutes before the deadline, as he recalled.

Lohr, 54, of Flintstone, Md., is a correctional officer. He said he worked at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown for about 2 1/2 years and has been at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland for about 12 1/2 years.

As a correctional officer, Lohr can simultaneously be a state delegate, according to William Somerville, the Maryland General Assembly's ethics counsel.

The state constitution doesn't consider law enforcement "an office of profit," meaning it's not a conflict to hold that state job as an elected official.

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Lohr said state employees are concerned about their future and there's no evidence Myers, a Republican finishing his second term, has helped.

"I couldn't feel any effects of the incumbent for the last eight years ...," he said. "We just didn't see anything that had been accomplished."

Lohr said his top priority is jobs. He suggested using incentives to attract new businesses. Incentives that might exist now are "underutilized," he said.

Lohr said he wants to get state employees better pensions, crack down on business pollution, protect gun-ownership rights, and attract more doctors to the district through tax breaks and tort reform.

After graduating from Flintstone High School in 1974 and attending college, Lohr spent about two years in the U.S. Army.

He said he worked in heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area for 12 or 13 years and has worked in construction, insurance and the family auto parts business.

Moving back to Allegany County, he said, he had trouble earning a decent wage. In 1995, he became a correctional officer.

"I'm not sorry to be a correctional officer, but I don't want my kids to (have to) grow up to be correctional officers," Lohr said. "It might not be your gig."

The president of Local 898 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for 12 years, Lohr said, "I just think I'm more in touch with people."

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

The general election will be Nov. 2.

State delegate candidate

Subdistrict 1C

Name: Ronald Lohr

Age: 54

Address: 11210 Cresap Mill Road SE

Hometown: Flintstone, Md.

Education: 1974 graduate of Flintstone High School; attended college but didn't get a degree

Occupation: Correctional officer for more than 15 years

Party affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: First run for state elected office

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