On The Campaign Trail

August 20, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Md. chamber makes picks

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has announced its picks for this year's state delegate and Senate races.

So far, in local races, the Chamber's PAC has endorsed:

o Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, running unopposed

o Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, who is unopposed in the primary, but will face the Democratic primary winner in November

o Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, who is unopposed in the primary but will face Democrat Ronald Lohr in the general election

o Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, who is opposed in a GOP primary by William J. Wivell and Denny Stouffer.

"As of right now, I don't anticipate an endorsement in the Dist. 2 Senate race," William R. Burns, the Chamber's director of communications, wrote in an e-mail, referring to incumbent Sen. Donald F. Munson and challenger Christopher B. Shank, both Republicans. "The PAC's board of trustees views both candidates as business friendly."


LCV endorsements

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has made its state delegate and senator endorsements for the 2010 elections.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, was the only candidate in a local race on the list.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney Douglas F. Gansler and Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot also were on the list.

League of Women Voters forum

The League of Women Voters in sponsoring a forum for Washington County Commissioners candidates on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. It will be at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. The public is invited.

Parrott party

Neil Parrott, a Republican for state delegate in Subdistrict 2B, will hold a "Parrottheads for Parrott" party at Captain Bender's Tavern in Sharpsburg on Aug. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The cost is $5 at the door for a buffet and drink specials. There will be a raffle for two pairs of tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert at Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion). Raffle tickets cost $20 for five tickets, $5 for one, with a maximum of $50.

E-mail"> or call 240-329-0293.

Cline plans steak feed

Jeff Cline, a Republican running for Washington County commissioner, is holding a steak feed fundraiser on Aug. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion in Williamsport.

Tickets cost $20 per person. Call 301-667-6840 or 301-331-0383 to RSVP.

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.

-- Andrew Schotz

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