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Political notebook - July 29

July 28, 2013

Hancock man announces candidacy for House of Delegates

Ray Givens, a Hancock Republican who is running for the House of Delegates in the 2014 elections from Subdistrict 1C — an area comprising portions of Washington and Allegany counties — formally announced his candidacy July 20 at events in Williamsport and Cumberland, Md.

Givens said he stands for smaller government, less taxes and more job opportunities.

“We are going to come out of the gates slow and progressively increase our effort,” Givens said about his campaign.

Michael McKay, the president of the Board of County Commissioners in Allegany County, is another Republican who has announced he will run for the same seat.

In May, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, who currently represents the subdistrict, announced he would not seek re-election.

Bongino makes himself heard

Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the 6th Congressional District, which includes Washington County, is asking the government for credible answers about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans lost their lives in 2012.

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“Ten months after the horrific tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate and killed four Americans, the administration has given no credible answer to persistent questioning about why units such as the Foreign Emergency Support Team were not activated to save the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty,” said Bongino, a Republican, in an opinion piece in The Washington Times last week.

The 6th District seat is currently held by Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.

The governor’s cookout

Gov. Martin O’Malley and his wife, Katie O’Malley, hosted the “sixth annual Buy Local Cookout” Thursday at their official residence in Annapolis.

The event encourages Maryland residents to use at least one locally grown, produced or harvested item in their meals every day.

“Katie and I challenge our fellow Marylanders to find local farmers markets and purchase locally grown products for their favorite dishes,” O’Malley said, according to a press release from his office.

Washington County businesses represented in the cookout included Caprikorn Farms, DaKaRoh Farm, Evensong Farm, Many Rocks Farm, Aliabaad Farm and Red Heifer Winery, according to the governor’s office.

— Compiled by Kaustuv Basu

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