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Democrats speak positively at picnic

August 27, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Elizabeth Dunn of Funkstown found people watching a little more exciting than politics at the annual Democratic picnic in Williamsport Thursday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer,

Democratic incumbents and other candidates worked the pavilion at Thursday's annual Washington County party picnic, gave stump speeches and predicted victory.

"We have some great opportunities to boost ourselves," Del. John P. Donoghue said.

"This is the year that we are going to win," Congress candidate Andrew Duck said.

"We're ready to go," Subdistrict 2A delegate candidate Neil Becker said, referring to himself and Subdistrict 2B delegate candidate Brien J. Poffenberger.

Pep talk was plentiful as Democrats gathered at Red Men Lodge #84 near Williamsport for chicken, corn, ice cream and a positive outlook on the coming elections.

Unlike local Republicans, the Democrats are virtually free of primaries this year and are focusing on the Nov. 2 general election.

One of the most significant GOP primaries -- a state Senate race between incumbent Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank -- came up at the picnic.

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In urging votes for Poffenberger, Donoghue told the crowd, "It can't just be John Donoghue and Don Munson carrying all the water."

"Tell all your Republican friends in the primary to please vote for Senator Munson," Donoghue added.

Washington County Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman Patricia Heck said about 250 tickets were sold in advance and more at the door.

As she helped picnickers check in, Heck had two campaign stickers on her shirt -- one for Duck and one for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

She put a red sticker for U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on her forehead and called it her "measle."

Each Democratic officeholder and candidate got a few minutes to speak.

Representing Mikulski, Julianna Albowicz poked fun at the "Fire Mikulski" slogan Republican challenger Dr. Eric Wargotz is using on signs.

"It's a typo," Albowicz said. "It says, 'Hire Mikulski.'"

Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore encouraged people not to believe rhetoric that's spreading in his race against Republican James M. "Jim" Woods and to contact him if they have questions.

"We don't need division or partisan politics," Poffenberger said. "We need a Washington County agenda."

Duck made the most pointed comments about the incumbent in his race, saying Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett "has come to represent all the things that are wrong in Washington" and calling him "terribly ineffective."

Excluding those running for Democratic Central Committee, Don DeArmon, seeking the District 3 state Senate seat, was the only candidate to speak Thursday who is in a party primary race.

DeArmon noted that only one of his district's 41 precincts is in Washington County -- the rest are in Frederick County -- but said it would be nice for at least one of the county's three state senators to be a Democrat.

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