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Primary results differ for appointed Md. delegates

Serafini won convincingly, Jenkins was trounced

September 15, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Tuesday was a contrast in fortunes for Washington County's two appointed state delegates.

Andrew A. Serafini, the Subdistrict 2A delegate since 2008, won a Republican primary convincingly. He had almost 54 percent of the vote, compared to almost 25 percent for Denny Stouffer and almost 22 percent for William J. Wivell.

Charles A. Jenkins, the Subdistrict 3B delegate since January, was trounced in a GOP primary by Michael Hough, who had about 69 percent of the vote.

The sitting delegates had different experiences in this year's campaign.

Serafini praised his two opponents and said any one of the three candidates would have been a solid conservative voice in Annapolis.

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Jenkins said Wednesday that Hough ran an underhanded campaign.

"He lacks the ethics and the morals that I'd want in my representative," Jenkins said.

He is urging people to vote for Paul Gilligan, the Democrat running against Hough in the Nov. 2 general election.

Jenkins said Hough made accusations that distorted or unfairly spun Jenkins' record.

But Hough said his campaign was accurate in its examination of Jenkins' time in office, including 16 tax increases he supported. When Jenkins accused him of a "smear campaign," Hough asked for proof but Jenkins didn't have any, Hough said.

Jenkins ran unsuccessfully for Frederick County Commission in 2002, then won a seat on the commission in 2006.

He was appointed delegate in Subdistrict 3B in January to fill a vacancy left by Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Because Subdistrict 3B lies mostly in Frederick County and partly in Washington County, the two counties' Republican central committees met to recommend a replacement.

Washington County picked Jenkins. Frederick County chose Hough.

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Jenkins.

Jenkins said he enjoyed his four years in office, but has no plans to run again.

The race in Subdistrict 2A -- which runs through Smithsburg, Halfway and Williamsport, among other parts of the county -- was different.

Serafini said he, Stouffer and Wivell each had a lot to offer in a low-key, quiet campaign. For conservative voters, "any of the three were probably going to make you feel pretty good," Serafini said.

Stouffer agreed that it was a fair, cordial campaign. He said the biggest factor might have been that it was a three-way race and divided the votes.

He wasn't sure if he'd run again. He said he'll wait to see how legislative districts are redrawn based on new Census data.

Wivell couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Serafini has held the 2A seat since 2008, when Robert A. McKee suddenly resigned.

Nineteen people -- including Serafini, Stouffer and Wivell -- applied to replace McKee.

Serafini said the committee was criticized for picking him, so "maybe this validates their pick."

He will face Democrat Neil Becker in the general election.

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