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Political Notebook - June 17

June 16, 2013

Myers to discuss charter home rule at breakfast

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, will be hosting a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hagerstown’s Academy Theater to discuss the possibility of moving Washington County to charter home rule.

According to a state website, a charter government separates the executive branch from the legislative branch and “typically, it consists of a county executive and a county council.”

Washington County currently operates under the county commissioner form of government.

“While a board of county commissioners exercises both executive and legislative functions defined by state law, and may enact ordinances, its legislative power is limited to those areas authorized by the General Assembly, enabling legislation or public local laws,” the website says.

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A push in 2008 to move Washington County to charter home rule was not successful.

“At this breakfast, we will hear from experts about the process and reasons for moving to charter home rule, and hopefully kick off a community discussion about what this could mean for the citizens of Washington County,” a media release from Myers’ office said.

The Academy Theater is at 58 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown.



Taking the district back?

Daniel Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who ran for the U.S. Senate last year and is likely to run for the 6th Congressional District, will hold a press conference Tuesday at noon to discuss his plans on “how we can take back Congressional District 6.”

The press conference will be at the American Legion Hall at 1450 Taney Ave. in Frederick, Md.

There were rumors that Bongino, a Republican, would run for governor of Maryland, but news reports suggest that he changed his mind.

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., won the 6th District seat in the 2012 elections, defeating Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican.



Gubernatorial hopeful

The Washington Post reported last week that an email sent out by the campaign manager for Del. Heather R. Mizeur, D-Montgomery, suggested she would be the first openly gay governor in the country if she was elected to the post in Maryland.

Mizeur has been considered a gubernatorial hopeful in recent months.

“ ... if elected, she would also be the first openly LGBT governor elected in the country — a big step forward. As we celebrate Gay Pride Month, we ask our friends and allies to proudly stand with Heather,” the email said, according to the Post article.

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