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Political Notebook - June 10

June 09, 2013

Givens first off the blocks to fill seat currently held by Myers

Ray Givens, a Republican with a Hancock address, has filed to run in the 2014 elections for Subdistrict 1C, a seat current held by Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany.

Myers announced that he will not seek re-election to the 1C seat.

Givens is the first local candidate to file papers to run for a state lawmaker position in 2014. He is the legislative liaison for the Western Maryland Sportsmen’s Coalition, a group with 21,000 members, and was seen frequently in the state house in Annapolis during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly when Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun-control bill was being debated.

Last week, Givens was seen escorting Harford County (Md.) Executive David Craig, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, during a campaign stop in downtown Hagerstown.

Western Maryland Young Repubicans plan Independence Day event

The Western Maryland Young Republicans are organizing an Independence Day celebration, set for July 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St. in Frederick, Md.

Guest speakers at the event include 2014 Maryland GOP gubernatorial candidates, according to an email from the offices of the Maryland Young Republicans.

Tickets are available online at westernmarylandyr.eventbrite.com.

Legislation would reauthorize the C&O Canal park commission

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., along with U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park Commission.

The commission gives communities through which the C&O Canal passes a “voice in park planning and decision making,” according to a news release from Delaney’s office.

The commission began work in 1971 at the same time the canal was designated as a historical park. Nineteen members are nominated from the park’s neighboring jurisdictions — Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia — the news release said.

The measure would reauthorize the commission for another 10 years.

— Compiled by Kaustuv Basu

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