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Hough wins Republican 3B nomination

September 15, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Michael Hough defeated Del. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Frederick/Washington, for the Republican nomination in the Subdistrict 3B House of Delegates race in Tuesday's primary election, according to complete but unofficial returns.

With all 16 precincts reporting, Hough had 2,967 votes and Jenkins had 1,352 votes.

Paul Gilligan, the only Democrat to run for the seat, received 1,954 votes.

The Subdistrict is mostly in Frederick County but includes a small portion of Washington County.

There still are absentee ballots to count, election officials said.

Jenkins, 47, of 5805 Winding Ridge Way, Frederick, Md., was appointed the Subdistrict 3B state delegate in January, replacing Richard B. Weldon Jr., who resigned.

Jenkins said state mandates on topics as big as stormwater management or as small as baking pies for a volunteer fire company fundraiser are oppressive and small businesses often suffer.

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Hough, 30, of 143 Fiona Way, Brunswick, Md., once worked as a state senator then for an organization that promotes conservative governance.

Hough said he favored rolling back the package of tax increases passed during the 2007 Maryland General Assembly special session, most notably the increase in sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent.

In the Subdistrict 2C House of Delegates race, longtime incumbent John P. Donoghue was unopposed in the Democratic primary race and Cort Meinelschmidt was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

With all 17 precincts reporting, Donoghue had 1,203 votes Tuesday and Meinelschmidt had 1,523 votes.

The district roughly follows Hagerstown's boundaries.

Meinelschmidt, a financial adviser at Centra Bank, said previously that Maryland, under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, has been driving away new business through excessive taxation.

Meinelschmidt, 31, of 901 Dewey Ave., Hagerstown, said Maryland has one of the worst business climates in the country largely because of its taxes.

Donoghue, who is seeking his sixth four-year term, said he would keep doing what he's been doing.

He said he wants to keep working on projects that benefit Washington County, such as a downtown library renovation and a new Maryland State Police barrack.

In the Subdistrict 1C House of Delegates race, Ronald Lohr was unopposed Tuesday for the Democratic nomination and incumbent LeRoy E. Myers was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

With all 19 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lohr, 54, of 210 Cresap Mill Road SE, Flintstone, Md., had 1,363 votes and Myers, 58, of 14627 National Pike, Clear Spring, had 2,710 votes.

Lohr is a correctional officer and Myers, owner of a contracting firm, is seeking his third, four-year term.

Subdistrict 1C includes parts of Allegany and Washington counties.

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