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Congressional candidate forums coming up

March 14, 2012

Sixth Congressional District candidates will appear at several forums in the last few weeks before the April 3 primary, including some in Washington County.
The schedule includes:
• Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., Washington County Democratic Central Committee forum for Democratic candidates and chili contest at UAW Hall, 18131 Maugans Ave., Maugansville.
• Monday, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum for Republican candidates at Hager Hall, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Tickets are $15.
• March 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., Meet the Candidates event at Next Dimensions, 132 Old National Pike, south of Funkstown. Sponsored by Hagerstown TEA Party.
• March 25, debates sponsored by AARP and www.MarylandReporter.com at Montgomery College, Globe Hall, High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. Republicans 1 to 3 p.m.; Democrats 4 to 6 p.m.
• March 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum for Democratic candidates at Hager Hall, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Tickets are $15.
• March 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., candidate forums at Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. Sponsored by Frederick News-Post, The Herald-Mail and others. Democrats on March 26; Republicans on March 27.

New 6th District has more Democrats
It’s been known for months that Maryland’s newly drawn 6th Congressional District benefits Democrats in their attempt to unseat 10-term Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett.
Maryland State Board of Elections party registration figures show how great the change is.
Previously, the district included parts or all of Washington, Frederick, Allegany, Garrett, Carroll, Montgomery, Harford and Baltimore counties, starting in Western Maryland and rolling east along the state’s northern border.
The new district, which the General Assembly approved in October, still contains Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.
Frederick County was split in two, with the city of Frederick and the county’s southern portion of the county staying in the 6th District.
Carroll was removed from the 6th District, along with the pieces of Harford and Baltimore counties that had been included.
Much more of Montgomery County was moved into the district.
The net result was a switch in controlling party.
Before the 2010 election, the 6th District had 445,679 registered voters. Of those, 208,024, or 47 percent, were Republicans, and 159,715, or 36 percent, were Democrats.
In the new district, as of February, there were 413,163 registered voters. Of those, 182,934, or 44 percent, were Democrats, and 140,816, or 34 percent, were Republicans.

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— Andrew Schotz

“On The Campaign Trail” will run periodically. Send campaign news and tips to Andrew Schotz at andrews@herald-mail.com.

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