On the Campaign Trail - Dec. 20

December 20, 2011

Brightman, Bruchey are official candidates

Washington County Board of Education member Donna L. Brightman and Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II filed Monday to run for re-election, according to the Washington County Board of Elections. Both previously announced they would run again.

Brightman, who lives in southern Washington County, was appointed to the board in 2007, then won a full four-year term in 2008.

A news release sent Monday said Brightman’s campaign treasurer is Shawn Bryce, who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2010.

Until Monday, Melissa Williams of Smithsburg was the only official 2012 school board candidate.

Three other seats are up for election. Wayne D. Ridenour has said he plans to run again, Justin M. Hartings has said he hasn’t decided and W. Edward Forrest has said he won’t run again.

A primary will be held April 3, 2012, if at least nine people run for the four seats. The general election will be Nov. 6, 2012.

Bruchey, a Republican, was mayor from 1997 to 2001, when he lost a re-election bid.

He was appointed mayor in 2006 when Richard F. Trump resigned. Bruchey ran again and won in 2009.

The city moved the end of the mayor and council terms from 2013 to 2012 to match the presidential election cycle.

All five council seats will be up for re-election in 2012, but as of Monday, no candidates had filed.


Shank will lead Brinkley’s campaign in county

State Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, considered running for Congress next year, but decided against it. Instead, he’s backing state Sen. David R. Brinkley, R-Carroll/Frederick, who has an exploratory committee for a 6th District run.

Now, Shank is Brinkley’s Washington County campaign chairman.

“A victory in this election will be determined by who wins Washington County,” Brinkley said in a news release.

“I served with David for four years in the House, and now in the Senate, and I have witnessed firsthand his conservative leadership, superior constituent service and tireless work ethic. In these trying economic times, as a financial planner, I believe David is the best candidate to represent the new 6th,” Shank said in the same news release.

— Andrew Schotz

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Editor's note: This story was edited Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, to correct Shawn Bryce's role in Donna Brightman's campaign.

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