Cummings plans to hold meetings with voters

September 21, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Democrat Cynthia Huggins Cummings, a candidate for the District 5 Senate seat, has announced that she will meet with voters at three town meetings beginning next week.

She said she plans to invite her opponent in the Nov. 8 general election, incumbent Republican Larry E. Haines, but he said yesterday that he won't attend.

"I provide such outstanding service to my citizens that I have no need for it," he said.

Ms. Cummings, 52, president of the county teachers union, said in a news release that she was sponsoring the meetings to hear residents' concerns.

She could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr. Haines, 56, said he had not been invited to the meetings by Ms. Cummings or anyone in her campaign by yesterday afternoon.

He said constituents regularly call him at his office at Haines Realty in Westminster for help with problems related to government bureaucracy.

He said he had spoken to three residents before noon yesterday.

"I have a town meeting every day," Mr. Haines said.

Mr. Haines of Westminster, who is seeking a second term, was unopposed in last week's primary. Ms. Cummings of Silver Run defeated Uniontown resident Rachelle Feldman-Hurwitz by a margin of more than 2-to-1.

District 5 includes all of Carroll County except two Taneytown precincts.

Ms. Cummings said earlier in her campaign that she planned to meet with people in a variety of jobs and positions to learn about their problems and hear possible solutions.

She has been a fourth-grade teacher for 16 years and president of the Carroll County Education Association, which represents 1,250 members, for the past three years.

She was elected to the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee in the primary.

Her town meetings are scheduled for:

* 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

* 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the North Carroll library.

* 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Westminster library.

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