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Parrott wins Republican 2B race

September 15, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER
  • Neil Parrott and his family come together at a victory party Thursday at Next Dimensions near Funkstown.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Hagerstown TEA Party organizer Neil C. Parrott won the Republican nomination Tuesday for Subdistrict 2B, soundly defeating lobbyist Ted Brennan.

Parrott secured the nomination with 3,116 votes to Brennan's 710 votes, according to complete but unofficial election results.

"This is a huge victory for us," Parrott said Tuesday night. "I think our message of lower taxes, less government and more jobs resonated with the voters in 2B."

Parrott will face Democrat Brien J. Poffenberger in the Nov. 2 general election for the Subdistrict 2B seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Poffenberger, who is president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, ran unopposed Tuesday in the Democratic primary.

Poffenberger had 1,388 votes, according to complete but unofficial election results.

Supporters filled Parrott's house Tuesday night to celebrate the victory and begin working toward November, he said.

"We are excited," Parrott said, thanking his volunteers and voters for their support. "This gives us full steam to continue moving ahead."

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Parrott attributed his win Tuesday to grassroots campaigning and his strong stance on taxes, government and jobs.

He said his camp will continue going door to door in the district, meeting voters and listening to their concerns.

Brennan said Tuesday that he called Parrott to congratulate him on a great and effective campaign.

He offered his "full and faithful support" for Parrott's general election campaign, he said.

Parrott and Brennan both represented themselves as conservative replacements for Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

Shank did not seek re-election to the House of Delegates, instead he squared off against Donald F. Munson for a seat in the state Senate.

Shank apparently toppled Munson Tuesday for the state Senate seat, securing 57 percent of the vote.

Parrott, who lives near Hagerstown, owns Traffic Solutions Inc. in Hagerstown, a traffic-consulting business.

He formed the Hagerstown TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party, a local offshoot of a national movement, and has led several trips to D.C. to join rallies.

Brennan, a Keedysville resident, is assistant director of government relations for the D.C.-based ONE Campaign, which fights poverty and disease, particularly in Africa.

Brennan was elected in 2002 to a one-year term on the town council in Emmittsburg, Md.

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