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Support Shoemaker for District 5 Delegate [Letter]

In a campaign cycle dominated by candidates blathering that he or she is a true conservative, or defining themselves by what they oppose or what they promise but know they cannot deliver, one candidate stands out with a record of common-sense results in every elected office he has held.

Starting out as a volunteer on the ethics committee in Hampstead, Haven Shoemaker was then elected to the town council and then mayor. During his tenure, Hampstead became one of the safest towns or cities in Maryland while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates of any municipality in Maryland. During the Ehrlich administration Shoemaker made hay during the sunshine of a Republican governor's administration by helping deliver the long-awaited Hampstead bypass and by helping turn a white elephant town property into senior apartments.

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Shoemaker's next step was his election as county commissioner in District 2. He cut taxes four straight years while fully funding education and raised salaries for members of our sheriff's office while saving taxpayers several million dollars going forward by making the sheriff's office the chief law enforcement agency in Carroll.

On Nov. 4, voters in Districts 5 will choose three candidates to represent them in the House of Delegates. It is imperative, given the likelihood that we will elect Republican Larry Hogan as governor, that we select work horses and not show horses to support him in the Maryland legislature. Given Shoemaker's track record, he is the obvious first choice.

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Mike Stewart

Manchester

The writer is a volunteer for Hogan for Governor.

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