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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
In an election where every vote mattered , 36 voters made a choice for Annapolis mayor other than incumbent Democrat Josh Cohen or Republican Mike Pantelides, who was victorious by a mere 59 votes. Three dozen people wrote in all manner of other choices for mayor, ranging from serious to silly. A dozen people wrote in votes for Bevin Buchheister, who ran against Cohen in the Democratic primary, though some had difficulty spelling her name correctly. There also was one vote for "BB," perhaps from someone who didn't even want to attempt spelling Buchheister's name.
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September 29, 2014
Has there ever been more mud-slinging than in this year's Maryland governor's race? It has made me sick enough to agonize over how I can vote. I've decided to take the write-in option. I never do that, but I feel driven to it this time. I am going to write in the name Heather Mizeur. I recall how well she did in the debates, particularly in response to her environmental positions. She did not equivocate. She said, "I oppose fracking in the state of Maryland. " I'm going down fighting for her. Valerie Govig, Fullerton - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Luke Broadwater and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Two Baltimore City Council candidates were poised to overcome write-in challenges Tuesday, converting their Democratic nominations into general election victories. Councilman Warren Branch of the 13th District was leading write-in challenger Shannon Sneed, widening a margin of victory from the September primary. Meanwhile, political newcomer Nick Mosby appeared to have turned back a write-in challenge from incumbent Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, whom he defeated in the 7th District's Democratic primary.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. filed Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for Baltimore state's attorney after a city judge issued a ruling that kept his name off the ballot. The only name that will be presented to voters in the Nov. 4 election is that of Democratic nominee Marilyn Mosby, an insurance company attorney and former prosecutor. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Neverdon urged his supporters to continue backing his candidacy. "My name will not appear on the ballot, but I am a candidate for the office," he said.
NEWS
March 15, 1992
Don Allensworth, who lost the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in the primary, has announced that he is a write-in candidate for the 6th District congressional seat.The Washington countian has never held public office. He finished a distant second behind Sen.Barbara Mikulski March 3.He said he will offer voters a "moderate" choice.State Del. Thomas H. Hattery, D-Frederick, ousted seven-term incumbent Beverly B.Byron to win the Democratic nomination for the 6th District seat. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a retired teacher and researcher from Frederick County, won the Republican nomination.
NEWS
By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | January 6, 1991
In late 1989, former Annapolis Mayor Dennis M. Callahan abandoned a write-in campaign for mayor after the city board of elections ruled that stickers bearing candidates' names couldn't be used because they would jam voting machines.Now the Maryland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is contending that the stickers wouldn't havebeen a problem.In a letter to City Clerk Patty Bembe dated Dec. 17, ACLU special projects attorney Carl Gabel said the city's voting machines would have accepted the stickers if they were smaller than 1 inches long and inch high -- the size of the opening on the machines for write-invotes.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Staff Correspondent | February 7, 1992
CONCORD, N.H. -- A campaign to persuade voters to write in the name of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York has added a fresh -- and potentially significant -- variable to the Democratic presidential primary contest here.At the least, the movement could threaten the continued viability of two or three of the active candidates whose names are on the ballot if they end up running behind an inactive write-in candidate after they have spent months on personal campaigning and building their organizations.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | September 21, 1994
Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman, rebuffed by Republicans in his bid for the GOP nod in last week's primary, announced yesterday that he will mount a write-in campaign for a sixth term as the county's top prosecutor."
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | January 2, 1999
Unhappy with politics as usual, some creative Marylanders expressed their disgust during last November's election by writing in the names of candidates they apparently felt could not do worse.For offices high and low, they voted for Larry the Cable Guy; Biggie Smalls; Judge Wapner; the abortion clinic bombing suspect, Eric Rudolph; home run hitter Albert Belle; and Daffy Duck.For better or worse, protests of the unofficial write-in variety have been written off -- unreported by election officials.
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | May 13, 1993
A last-minute write-in campaign, designed to show displeasure with current city officials, garnered 33 mayoral votes for former Councilman Thomas Eckard in Monday's Westminster election.Mr. Eckard, the owner of Eckard's Wallpaper and Paint on Liberty Street, said Monday that he supported the write-in campaign "to send a signal to City Hall that all is not well."Campaign organizers, whom he declined to name, were concerned about a lack of open communication among the council, mayor and public, he said.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is sending the following letter to Ravens personal seat license holders, suite owners and sponsors in response to the team's handling of the Ray Rice incident:   Sept. 9, 2014 Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation.  What happened with the Ray Rice incident?  How could it come to this?  Why didn't we act earlier?  As a PSL holder, suite owner, sponsor and supporter, you have a stake in us. You have invested in us - emotionally as well as financially, trusted us, and believed in us. We value that trust and owe you full disclosure.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | March 15, 2014
Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbe's magazine lists the world's wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most "influential" people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify. What I've never seen is a list of satisfied people, much less stories about how they attained satisfaction. Arianna Huffington is trying to fill that gap. One of the world's biggest Type A personalities, Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in 2005 and whose picture appears alongside celebrities, politicians and business icons, is now asking a question popularized in an old song by the late Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is?"
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
In an election where every vote mattered , 36 voters made a choice for Annapolis mayor other than incumbent Democrat Josh Cohen or Republican Mike Pantelides, who was victorious by a mere 59 votes. Three dozen people wrote in all manner of other choices for mayor, ranging from serious to silly. A dozen people wrote in votes for Bevin Buchheister, who ran against Cohen in the Democratic primary, though some had difficulty spelling her name correctly. There also was one vote for "BB," perhaps from someone who didn't even want to attempt spelling Buchheister's name.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Chestertown physician John LaFerla, who waged a write-in campaign for the First Congressional District last fall after the withdrawal of Democratic primary winner Wendy Rosen, is planning another run for the seat. LaFerla said he would file papers in Annapolis Wednesday for the 2014 Democratic primary in the First, now represented by second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris. LaFerla lost the 2012 primary to Rosen by 57 votes last April, but returned to the race in September after Rosen withdrew amid allegations she had violated election law by voting in two states at once.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
An Anne Arundel County councilman has asked prosecutors to investigate perjury allegations involving five police officers caught up in a lawsuit against County Executive John R. Leopold. In a letter sent this week, Councilman Jamie Benoit also demanded an investigation from newly appointed Police Chief Larry W. Tolliver into whether the department properly vetted a complaint about an officer accused of lying. "Our department is about to break under the weight of repeated scandals," Benoit wrote.
EXPLORE
September 22, 2012
The Maryland Democratic Party this week said it will back a write-in candidate challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland's 1st Congressional District - which includes much of Carroll County - after voter fraud allegations ended the previous Democratic candidate's bid. The party had scrambled for a replacement since its primary winner Wendy Rosen had to drop out of the race on Sept. 10, after confirming reports that she had voted in two different states in more than one election.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | February 14, 1992
Cambridge, Mass. -- AT HARVARD'S Kennedy School of Government the other night, Gov. Mario Cuomo once again tantalized Democrats with a forceful, colorful speech on combating the recession that many would love to hear from him -- as a presidential candidate.Among those in the audience were organizers of a draft-Cuomo write-in campaign in New Hampshire that with limited funds far exceeds in sophistication the 1964 write-in that won the Republican primary for Henry Cabot Lodge.In the question-and-answer period Mr. Cuomo, given the opportunity to disavow the effort, instead tantalized in another way.Who am I, he asked, to tell New Hampshirites they can't vote forwhomever they choose?
NEWS
By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 7, 1990
ROCKVILLE -- Neal Potter, a 75-year-old county councilman, defeated incumbent Sidney Kramer yesterday for the second time in as many months to win election as Montgomery County executive.Mr. Kramer, a millionaire businessman and developer whom Mr. Potter bested in the September primary, mounted a write-in campaign that attracted only about 20 percent of the vote to Mr. Potter's 61 percent.Republican businessman Albert Ceccone tried to exploit the Democratic split, but he fell far short.Mr.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | September 17, 2012
The Maryland Democratic Party has endorsed the write-in candidacy of Eastern Shore physician John LaFerla to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1 st Congressional District. “Dr. LaFerla has resounding grassroots support and the full confidence of the Party's Executive Committee and Democratic leaders,” Democratic State Chairwoman Yvette Lewis said in a statement Monday. LaFerla replaces Wendy Rosen, who won a party primary in April but withdrew from the race last week amid allegations that she was registered and had voted in two states in 2006 and 2008.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
John LaFerla, the Chestertown physician who narrowly lost the Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District in April, has won the party's support to challenge Republican Rep. Andy Harris as a write-in candidate, he said Friday. LaFerla, 63, enters the race after primary winner Wendy Rosen withdrew this week amid allegations that she was registered and had voted in Maryland and Florida. Her name will remain on the Nov. 6 ballot because the deadline to remove it has passed. LaFerla said the 12 Democratic central committees in the 1st District, which includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Harford, Carroll and Cecil counties, had voted to support him. "We're ready to fight for every vote in all 12 counties," he said in a statement.
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