Turn to The Herald-Mail for political coverage

September 19, 2010|By TIM SHEA
  • Tim Shea

The voters spoke loud and clear at the polls during Tuesday's primary election in Maryland.

While incumbents took the top spots in the Republican primary for Washington County Commissioner and the nonpartisan primary for the county's school board, several other candidates made their own statements in Maryland General Assembly primary races.

In the Republican primary for House of Delegates Subdistrict 2A, incumbent Del. Andrew A. Serafini received more votes than his two opponents combined, while Neil Parrott decisively defeated Ted Brennan in the GOP primary for the House's Subdistrict 2B.

In the most anticipated race of the night, Del. Christopher B. Shank unseated five-term state Sen. Donald F. Munson in the Republican primary for the District 2 state Senate seat.

Now that the primary is in the books, it's time to focus on the general election, which is just 44 days away. And The Herald-Mail will provide comprehensive coverage leading up to the election.


In October, we once again will publish Q&As with the candidates in contested races over four weeks in our Sunday and Monday editions.

They will include answers from the seven Washington County Commissioners candidates and the six Washington County Board of Education hopefuls.

Also featured will be Q&As in five House of Delegates races and one state Senate race, as well as answers from the two candidates for Washington County sheriff.

Not only will we cover the election in Maryland, but also in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as races on the local, state and national levels are decided.

Full coverage will be in the paper and at

The site contains all of the latest election news, as well as archived stories from before Tuesday's primary.

If you want to see how candidates responded in Q&As before the primary election, you can go to the website and click on the News link at the top of the page. Then, you can scroll down to find which Q&A you want to read.

There also is a Candidates link at the top of the page. If you're looking for a specific candidate, simply scroll down to the candidate's name. After clicking on the name, you will find a quick snapshot with basic information on the candidate. Underneath that is all of the stories in which the candidate's name has appeared.

On Election Day, we will continuously update results from the races and provide the latest breaking news on our website at We also will send out breaking news alerts on Election Night to let you know who the winners or leaders are in the biggest races.

The following day, The Herald-Mail newspaper will provide comprehensive coverage of the races, including all of the poll numbers and reactions from the candidates.

It's all part of our effort to keep voters informed so they can speak loud and clear again at the polls.

Tim Shea is an assistant city editor at The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-6097 or by e-mail at

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