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Del. Serafini defeats Republican opponents in Subdistrict 2A race

September 15, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
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Del. Andrew A. Serafini soundly defeated two Republican opponents Tuesday in his quest to win a full term in the Maryland House of Delegates.

With all 16 precincts in Subdistrict 2A reporting, plus early-voting results, Serafini had 2,569 votes.

Denny Stouffer had 1,178 votes and William J. Wivell, a Washington County commissioner, had 1,052 votes.

Serafini now will face Neil Becker, who was not opposed in the Democratic primary.

The general election is Nov. 2.

Serafini said the major issue in the race was the challenge the state faces as it struggles with its financial health.

As of Tuesday, 236 absentee ballots had been turned in to the Washington County Board of Elections out of the 286 that were requested.

Absentee ballots must reach the board of elections by Sept. 22 and be postmarked by Sept. 14.

Subdistrict 2A includes Smithsburg, Maugansville, Halfway and Williamsport, as well as other northern parts of the county.

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Serafini, a financial adviser, was appointed to the Subdistrict 2A seat in 2008 after Robert A. McKee resigned.

The Washington County Republican Central Committee picked Serafini to replace McKee over 18 other applicants, including Wivell and Stouffer.

Stouffer, an auctioneer and real estate agent, was running for public office for the first time.

Wivell, the business manager for Saint James School, is finishing his third four-year term as a county commissioner.

State delegates serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 per year.

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