Democratic Senator Cushwa ousted by Munson

November 07, 1990|By Thom Loverro | Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun

FREDERICK -- Republican Donald F. Munson, a popular four-term delegate, handily defeated Democratic state Sen. Patricia K. Cushwa in the race for the District 2 Senate seat.

Mr. Munson received 63 percent of the vote to Mrs. Cushwa's 37 percent.

"We don't quite know why we lost," said Mrs. Cushwa, 52, who conceded shortly after 9 p.m.

"We were runing neck and neck based on what we knew a couple of weeks ago. There have been some sort of anti-government, anti-incumbent feelings," she said.

Mr. Munson attributed his victory to an "exhaustive door-to-door campaign."

He said Mrs. Cushwa aligned herselftoo closely with Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

"He's not well liked up here," Mr. Munson said.

Mrs. Cushwa served one term on the Williamsport Town Council and a year on the state Board of Education before being appointed to the Senate in June to replace her husband, Victor, who resigned when he was appointed to the state Public Service Commission.

She campaigned on her name: "Cushwa -- a name you can trust" was her slogan.

However, Mr. Munson, 52, with 16 years in the legislature, is also well-known in the district.

In his door-to-door campaign, he cited his experience and his reputation as a master of constituent service.

Parts of Washington and Allegany counties make up District 2.

Democrat John P. Donoghue led Republican Bertrand Iseminger by 90 votes in the race for Mr. Munson's old seat in Washington County. The outcome is expected to be decided by absentee ballots.

Republican John Hafer defeated Democrat Daniel F. McMullen in the race for the Senate seat in District 1, which includes Garrett County and part of Allegany. The seat is being vacated by Republican John N. Bambacus.

In District 2A, which includes parts of Washington and Allegany counties, four-term incumbent Democratic Delegate Casper R. Taylor Jr., chairman of the powerful House Economic Matters Committee, easily defeated challenger Republican Robert L. Lewis.

In District 3B, which includes parts of Frederick and Washington counties, GOP challenger J. Anita Stup and Democratic Delegate James E. "Doc" McClellan led Democratic Delegate Royd R. Smith and Republican James W. Respess.

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