On the Campaign Trail

September 28, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

GOP candidates, incumbents sign pledge

Five local Republican state delegates and delegate candidates gathered Tuesday for the signing of a "Prosperity Pledge for Maryland" unveiled last week in Annapolis.

The pledge's four sections and passages from those sections are:

o Repeal tax increases passed under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2007: "We categorically reject any new taxes or tax increases and will vigorously fight them if introduced."

o Bring jobs back to Maryland: "Maryland must lower its tax burden on businesses and entrepreneurs."

o Restore Maryland's sovereignty: "It is the duty of Maryland's elected officials to demand that the federal government halt its practices of assuming powers and imposing mandates on this or any other state for purposes not enumerated under the Constitution of the United States."

o Make Maryland's government transparent and accountable: "A government of the people, by the people and for the people should operate in the full light of day and be accessible by everyone."


The plan calls for an E-Verify system to weed out illegal immigrants as employees, photo ID for voters at the polls and streaming video of General Assembly committee meetings.

Christopher B. Shank, the Subdistrict 2B delegate who won a primary to become the next District 2 senator, and Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. (Subdistrict 1C) signed the pledge last week in Annapolis. They were present in Washington County on Tuesday as Del. Andrew A. Serafini (2A) and candidates Neil Parrott (2B) and Cort Meinelschmidt (2C) signed.

Candidate Michael Hough (3B), who didn't attend, also signed in Annapolis.

The pledge can be found by going to The last word of the Sept. 23 blog post has a hyperlink to the report (on the word "here.")

Forum for school board candidates

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has invited school board candidates to an Oct. 6 forum at Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Tickets cost $15 for members (if purchased by Friday). All other tickets cost $20. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100.

The Chamber has two other candidate forums scheduled in October:

o Oct. 13, for county commissioner

o Oct. 20, for state delegate

Both will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

CPWC invites candidates

Citizens for Protection of Washington County will host a "Meet the Candidates" night on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway at 11114 Lincoln Ave. Candidates for county commissioner and sheriff have been invited to speak and mingle with the public.

Meet Mullendore

Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore is holding a "Meet the Candidate" night on Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Funkstown American Legion.

Campaign donations will be accepted.

Mullendore is facing Republican James M. "Jim" Woods in the Nov. 2 general election.

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