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The Mayor of Crisfield Percy Purnell has jumped into the race for District 38A in Maryland’s House of Delegates which represents Somerset County and parts of Wicomico County.

The 73-year old Purnell said that he was running because of concerns about the livelihoods of watermen and farmers.

The longtime Crisfield resident added many people urged him to run.

He also expressed a lack of confidence in first term incumbent Republican Charles Otto.

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The new formed legislative District 38C in Worcester and Wicomico Counties has its first candidate for next year’s elections.

He is Mike Hindi a lifeguard for the Ocean Pines Association and doorman for the Greene Turtle in North Ocean City.

He says he plans to campaign on a platform of green jobs, recycling programs in Ocean City and increasing penalties for drug dealing while upping the resources for those who are addicted.

On the drug issue the Democrat said that he had seen a rise in heroin use as well as other hard drugs in the Lower Shore communities.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris has scheduled a town hall this weekend to talk about Second Amendment rights and gun-safety issues.

The Republican congressman's office said Tuesday the town hall will be held on Saturday in Ocean City.

The congressman's office says Maryland Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto also are scheduled to attend.

In Annapolis, lawmakers are considering a comprehensive gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

 

 The Lower Shore delegation found itself divided over the legislation approved in Annapolis during this week’s special session.

State Senator Jim Mathias voted for the measure that would shift some teacher pension costs to local governments.