On the Campaign Trail

August 29, 2010

No Chamber picks in primary

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce won't make endorsements for this year's primaries, but will in the general election.

Jeanne Singer, the Chamber's government affairs chairwoman, said it was a matter of timing.

"Our process has several layers, and the time between the filing deadline and the primary election did not allow us to follow that process," she wrote in an e-mail. "Given the number of races to be decided at the primary level (something we haven't seen in awhile), I plan to ask the Chamber to revisit the process for the next cycle."

The Chamber is holding a forum with Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank, who is challenging Munson in a Sept. 14 primary. The forum will be Sept. 8 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

The price is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers and for tickets purchased after Sept. 3. Call 301-739-2015 or go to


Women's group lists endorsements

Women At The Table (WATT), which tries to help women get elected, said Wednesday it supports:

  • Ruth Anne Callaham, running for Washington County commissioner

  • Shawn M. Bryce, Jacqueline Fischer and Dottie Gruhler, running for Washington County Board of Education

    WATT said it will help with mailings, ads, campaign signs and poll workers.

    Two women seeking election weren't endorsed: Robin Lynne Wivell for county commissioner and Karen J. Harshman for board of education.

    MSEA endorsements

    The Maryland State Education Association has made endorsements for some local state delegate races.

    MSEA backs Democrat Neil Becker in Subdistrict 2A; Del. John P. Donoghue, a Democrat, in Subdistrict 2C; and Democrat Paul Gilligan in Subdistrict 3B.

    As of Thursday, the organization had not made any picks for Subdistricts 1C or 2B, or for the Senate seats in Districts 1, 2 or 3, according to Adam Mendelson, the managing director for communications and program services for MSEA's Center for Public Affairs.

    An upper lip, newly bare

    A telltale feature of 6th District Congress candidate Joseph T. Krysztoforski was missing at Wednesday's Washington County Republican picnic -- his mustache.

    Krysztoforski, a Republican, said he shaved it after 30 years.

    It happened after a girl cried when she saw him. A man with her said she was scared of people with mustaches.

    A few days later, Krysztoforski's mustache was history.

    It wasn't pandering for a vote, though. He said the girl was about 2 1/2 years old.

    -- Andrew Schotz

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