Cumberland Times-News

June 26, 2013

McKay to run for House of Delegates

Matthew Bieniek
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Allegany County Commissioner Michael McKay announced Wednesday that he’s running for the District 1-C delegate seat in the Maryland General Assembly currently held by Delegate LeRoy Myers Jr.

Myers has announced he won’t be seeking re-election.

“This decision has been made after many weeks of soul searching, prayer and discussions with my family, friends and leaders in our community,” McKay said. After outlining his achievements as a county commissioner, including, he said, bringing jobs to the county and reducing taxes and the size of local government, McKay explained his rationale for moving on.

“While there is still work to be done by the county commissioners, it is time for me to transition to the next challenge. It’s time to take my philosophy to the people’s house in Annapolis, to continue working for you, the people,” McKay said. “I will be visiting each and every community in Allegany and Washington County to speak with voters,” McKay said.

McKay made the announcement in front of the county office building on Kelly Road. McKay was flanked by his wife and his children and fellow Commissioners Bill Valentine and Creade Brodie Jr. Also standing next to McKay was Myers.

Myers said he is supporting McKay’s bid for the delegate seat.

“I’m wholeheartedly supporting Mike McKay,” Myers said. One of the reasons Myers announced he was not running again early was to give an opportunity for good candidates to think it over and get into the race, Myers said. “My hope was someone of his caliber would run and that’s what’s happened,” said Myers.

“I think he will represent the citizens of Washington County as well as I have tried to represent the citizens of Allegany County,” Myers said. Myers said McKay would bring the same type of conservative thinking to Annapolis that Myers said he tried to bring to the capital. McKay, for his part, praised Myers’ service. “While I seek to succeed him, no one can replace him,” McKay said.

McKay stood behind a podium decorated with the colors of Maryland and blue and red balloons were on either side of the podium.

McKay said the message he would bring to Annapolis would be conservative and in favor of limited spending and limited government.

“Maryland is being viewed more and more as being less than friendly to businesses, taxpayers, drivers, sportsmen, families, farmers, well, it seems everyone ... this must stop,” McKay said. McKay deplored recent tax increases enacted by the legislature at the request of Gov. Martin O’Malley and called for a change in thinking.

“My solutions will be based on the conservative principles of self-reliance, faith in the individual, trust in the family and accountability in government,” McKay said.

 The sprawling district begins just west of Hagerstown and includes portions of Cumberland, along with Clear Spring, Hancock, Little Orleans and Flintstone among other communities. A slight majority of the district’s voters live in Allegany County, according to election records. The most recent records available show 24,546 voters in the district, with 12,772 in Allegany County and 11,774 in Washington County. Most of those voters are Republicans, with Republicans having 11,533 registered voters and Democrats constituting 8,687 voters. The balance are unaffiliated or third party voters.

The 2014 primary election date is June 24.

Ray Givens of Hancock in Washington County has also announced he is running for the seat and has filed for the office.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.