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Charles M. See, a Republican, was a long-serving member in the Maryland General Assembly. Elected in 1938, he represented Allegany County in the House of Delegates from 1939 through 1955. He was then appointed to fill a vacancy in the State Senate where he served from 1956 until his retirement in 1963.

Victor Cushwa, a Democrat, was appointed to the Maryland State Senate, Legislative District 2, in 1978. At that time this district represented parts of both Allegany and Garrett Counties. Cushwa was officially elected later that same year, and re-elected to the State Senate serving until June 1990 when he resigned to accept an appointment to the Public Service Commission.

Philip Carolan, a Democrat, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Maryland State Senate, District 1. Joan Carolan, his wife, served as his campaign Treasurer.

F. Perry Smith, a Democrat, ran for the State Senate from District 1, sometime around 1977-1978, with the campaign slogan, “He can do more for Western Maryland.” Although Smith lost in his bid for the State Senate, he did serve as Mayor of Cumberland from 1974-1978.

Richard Bikle, a Republican from Williamsport, was unsuccessful in his 1974 election attempt to defeat John Corderman for the Legislative District 2 seat in the Maryland State Senate. Between the years 1975-1982 this District represented parts of Allegany as well as Washington Counties. L. Wayne Lewis, a Republican and former Cumberland City Councilman and Allegany County Commissioner, served as his campaign Treasurer.

William A. Wilson, a Republican, was elected to the Maryland State Senate, Legislative District 1-C in 1970 and served as a State Senator from 1971-1974. This District covered Garrett, as well as a portion of Allegany County. Prior to that time Wilson had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Allegany County Commissioners in 1957. He was elected to that office the following year in 1958, and served in the position until 1961 when he resigned to become a Judge of the Maryland Tax Court. Wilson’s campaign Treasurer in his run for the State Senate was Mrs. Robert (Eadie) Loffert.

An article in the Baltimore Sun entitled, "Marriage Ban Began Without a Hitch", and dated February 13, 2006, notes that it was William A. Wilson who in 1973 introduced Maryland Senate Bill No. 122 requiring "that a marriage must be between a man and a woman in order to be valid." The Maryland Senate went on to pass the measure by a vote of 37-1, and the Maryland House of Delegates approved it by a vote of 112-1. Enacted in 1973, it is believed this was the first State law of its kind that defined marriage. Despite an attempt in 2007 to over-turn this law as unconstitutional, the law banning same-sex marriages within the State of Maryland remains in effect as of this writing.

Ronald C. Brubaker, a Democrat, was elected to the Maryland State Senate, representing District 1-B, in 1966 and served as a State Senator from 1967 through 1970. Between the years 1967-1974, District 1-B represented portions of both Allegany and Washington Counties. In seeking re-election to the State Senate, Brubaker noted that he was “Experienced and Qualified.” The back of the campaign card depicted here provides information on Maryland’s Hunting Seasons for a wide variety of species including Otter, Beaver, and Pheasant (male only).

John J. Hafer, a Republican, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1990 and represented District 1 in that body from 1991-2007.

Brian K. Grim, a Democrat, had as his motto in his 2006 campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates, “Leadership for the 21st. Century.” Though successful in the Primary, Grim lost to a Republican in the General Election. Grim was later elected to the Cumberland City Council in 2008 where he was the top vote-getter in the General Election. In the November 2010 General Election Grim was elected Mayor of Cumberland.


Al Feldstein

Al Feldstein

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LaVale, Maryland

Campaign paraphernalia, Allegany County (Md.), History

Allegany County (Md.), 1970-2010

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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