Edwards gets Kennedy Award
State Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, on Wednesday received the Thomas Kennedy Award, which goes to a former delegate for “personal courage and dedication to the principles of liberty and freedom.”
Kennedy was a 19th-century delegate from Hagerstown who fought to let Maryland Jews hold elected office. He also started the Hagerstown Mail newspaper.
Past recipients include Casper R. Taylor Jr. andBenjamin L. Cardin.
Edwards has held town, county or state elected office for 38 years. He was a delegate from 1983 to 2007, then moved to the Senate.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch called Edwards “an advocate for land preservation, regardless of the economic climate.”
Edwards said he spent 21 of his 24 House years sitting in the back.
“I learned everybody by the back of their head,” he said. “The last three years (as minority leader) were up here in the front, where, when you talk, you had to get up and turn around so you could see everybody.”