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Young wins Democratic nod for District 3 state Senate seat

September 15, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Ronald N. Young defeated Don DeArmon for the Democratic nomination in the District 3 state Senate race in Tuesday's primary election, according to complete but unofficial election results.

With all 43 precincts reporting, Young had 4,675 votes and DeArmon had 2,440 votes.

Young will face incumbent Alex X. Mooney in the Nov. 2 general election.

Mooney picked up 7,827 votes in Tuesday's election. Mooney, 39, of 8319 Sharon Drive, Frederick, was unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday.

District 3 is mostly in Frederick County, but also covers a small portion of Washington County.

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

Mooney, who is seeking his fourth, four-year term, said before the election that his top priority has remained steady in his 11 years in office -- balancing the state budget without raising taxes. He favors less taxation and less government.

Mooney also said he's one of the few legislators in Annapolis who hasn't voted to raise taxes.

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Young, 69, of 409 Culler Ave., Frederick, said illegal immigration is an issue that must be resolved in Washington. Locally and statewide, law enforcement officers can work in partnership with federal law enforcement officers to arrest and deport illegal immigrants that commit major crimes, Young said.

Regarding same-sex marriage, Young said government needs to stay out of the bedroom and out of personal lives.

On the possibility of legalizing table games in the state, Young said he wished casinos only existed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. If the state was to have casinos, table games are where the customer has the best chance of winning, Young said.

DeArmon, 55, of 108 W. College Terrace, Frederick, said previously that one of his concerns was Interstate 270.

DeArmon said I-270, one of the most clogged highways in the state, is expected to get worse while the areas around it grow.

The state Department of Transportationspent 15 years studying the I-270/U.S. 15 corridor and produced a report suggesting additional lanes and mass transit, including light rail, DeArmon said.

DeArmon said he'd focus on the project as a state legislator and make sure the improvements are made.

For the state Senate District 1 seat, incumbent George C. Edwards, 62, of Grantsville, was the only Washington County lawmaker facing no opposition this year. District 1 covers Garrett and Allegany counties and part of Washington County.

With all 59 precincts reporting, Edwards, had 11,568 votes in Tuesday's election. Edwards is seeking his second, four-year term as state senator.

Tuesday's races also included a Republican nomination battle between state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, and Christopher B. Shank in the race for the District 2 state Senate seat.

There was no Democratic challenger in that race.

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