On the Campaign Trail - May 21

May 20, 2012

GOP chair dines with Dems
The pro-Democratic talk was no surprise to the audience at last week’s Washington County Democratic Central Committee Jefferson-Jackson dinner — even the Republicans.
Washington County’s political-party fundraising meals sometimes include crossover guests.
For example, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore, a Democrat, often goes to Democratic and Republican functions.
Some Washington County commissioners also have attended events held by the opposite party — including Republican Terry Baker, who was at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.
It’s unusual, though, for the chairman of one local party to attend the other party’s events.
So, some Democrats might have been surprised to see Ray Givens, chairman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee, listening as Delaney and other speakers rallied Democrats for the fall election.
Afterward, Givens said he has been to Democratic events before, but not as the local Republican chairman.
He said the two parties are “not that far apart on ideas,” but have different philosophies on how to achieve their goals.
Democrats “want to do for people as much as we do,” he said. “We want people to do for themselves.”
Asked how he felt about hearing an evening of Democratic-centric speeches, Givens smiled and said, “It just reassures me that I’m on the right side.”

BOE candidate holding fundraiser at Always Ron’s
Washington County Board of Education candidate Melissa Williams is holding a fundraiser May 31.
She will host a picnic dinner at Always Ron’s, 29 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the door or by calling 301-824-5122.


— Andrew Schotz

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