GOP hopefuls debate in forum

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Clifford Cumber
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Date Published: 09/02/2006

In the closest thing to a real debate in this campaign season, Republican candidates took the stage Thursday in front of a GOP audience.Republicans are crowding the field leading up to the Sept. 12 primary; the forum, held by the Republican Women of greater Frederick, was a rare chance for GOP candidates to reach out to their base. The format allowed candidates to respond to points made by others, or expound on questions. Candidates for Frederick County State’s Attorney had their moment, as did four GOP candidates for sheriff. One of the most contested GOP primaries is between 14 Republicans to be one of five who will go to the general election to compete for seats on the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Mike Cady and former Commissioners President David Gray disagreed over the number of houses allowed by the present board of county commissioners through rezoning. Mr. Cady has been upbeat in his campaign, touting the achievements of his four years in office to counter what he said are the efforts of some candidates to frighten voters. “Don’t be scared into voting for a no-growth, anti-business slate,” he warned. Reiterating a point he’s made several times, Mr. Cady said an average of 1,825 new homes a year had been built during his term, 20 percent less than the previous board, presided over by Mr. Gray. That fact defied the “pro-growth” label commonly attached to three of the sitting commissioners, Mr. Cady said.