Annapolis Notes- Feb. 6

February 06, 2012

Election board members approved

On Friday, the Maryland Senate approved a list of appointments that included three Washington County Board of Elections members.

Tammy E. Downin, Carroll H. Earp and Bruce F. Field’s four-year terms on the board are retroactive to June 6, 2011.

Downin is a Democrat. Earp and Field are Republicans.

They join current board member John R. Benchoff, a Democrat.

A fifth board seat is vacant because Democrat Eileen W. Wiggins resigned effective Jan. 31, Washington County Election Director Kaye E. Robucci said.

Field replaces Republican Clyde J. Tate, who resigned last summer, Robucci said.

By law, a majority of the board must be Democratic because it’s the governor’s party.

Last year, Downin and Earp were alternates on the board, but a new law converted the two alternate positions into full members, creating a five-member board.

‘A different rhythm’

In the Maryland General Assembly, the House and the Senate start floor sessions with an invocation.

On Thursday, the Senate prayer was delivered by the Rev. Steven L. Johns-Boehme of First Christian Church in Hagerstown, which Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, attends.

“Give us a different rhythm, of candor and cooperation, of engagement and debate, of wisdom and legislating, of hope and promise,” Johns-Boehme said during his prayer. “Give us not the politics of party, but of public good.”

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called the prayer “very unique.”

“Maybe some of it’ll wear off on some of us, you know?,” Miller said. “Me included, right?”

Tourism day

Friday was Tourism Works for Maryland day in Annapolis.

A news release about the advocacy event said it was organized by the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, or MDMO, and the Maryland Tourism Council.

MDMO’s chairman is Thomas B. Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“This is an important annual event, and helps illustrate the critical economic impact which tourism brings to the state,” Riford said in a news release that touted tourism as a way to “create even more revenue, more jobs and more economic development for Maryland.”


— Andrew Schotz

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