Shank announces he's challenging Munson
Maryland House Minority Whip Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) announced Thursday night that he will give up his seat to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Donald F. Munson (R-Washington) in what promises to be a spirited ideological and generational contest.
In a posting on Facebook, Shank, 37, wrote that Munson, 72, has "served this community for more than thirty-five years and I pay honor to that important service. I respect him for his years of service, but it is time for new leadership, it is time for someone who will challenge the status quo that is leading this state in the wrong direction. Too often when given this choice, our incumbent Senator has either been silent and not provided this leadership or, worse yet, voted the wrong way."
Shank has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1999 and served as whip, the No. 2 position in the minority caucus, since 2007.
Munson was elected to the House in 1975 and moved to the Senate in 1991.
Shank is kicking off his Senate bid with an event Jan. 8.
The complete text of Shank's posting is below.
My announcement for State Senate on January 8th 2010
I am writing today to let you know that I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for State Senate to represent Washington County in Annapolis. I write you to humbly ask for your support.
Somewhere along the way our elected leaders have fashioned themselves our rulers rather than our servants--this must change! We need new leadership and a commitment to reform to get headed in the right direction. Thankfully, a new energy stirs throughout this nation. This past spring and summer, we witnessed hundreds of thousands of Americans join together from across this nation in Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings. They want their nation back!
In his farewell speech to the American people in 1989, Ronald Reagan said "I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity". I am inspired every time I think of that City on a Hill, and I still believe in it.
The voters deserve a choice. In this election, the people of Washington County will make an important choice about who represents them in Annapolis as their State Senator. The Senate belongs to the people, not one person, even if they have held office for more than three decades.
I intend to articulate my ideas about government and make the case to the voters. I do not pretend that this will be an easy choice to make. Senator Munson has served this community for more than thirty-five years and I pay honor to that important service.
I respect him for his years of service, but it is time for new leadership, it is time for someone who will challenge the status quo that is leading this state in the wrong direction. Too often when given this choice, our incumbent Senator has either been silent and not provided this leadership or, worse yet, voted the wrong way.
Over the next year, I intend to lay out my views about moving this state forward with conservative policies of pro-economic growth, limited spending, and government reform. On these issues and many more, there will be a real choice between us, a real contrast for the voters to decide. Senator Munson will need to answer for his decisions to abandon our conservative values and instead choose political expediency time and again.
We need to refresh our government--take it back. Fill it with people who have new energy, who are willing to fight to return our values and bring back prosperity. I'm willing to do my part and stand up, but I do need your help to achieve this victory.
If this conservative message of renewing our government and returning to the principles that our nation was founded on appeals to you, the first thing that I would ask of you is join with me when I announce for the State Senate on January 8th located at Parkway Neuroscience, 17 Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown. This event will be held at 5 PM and I really need your attendance to make it a success! Please let me know if you can make it, I'd be greatly honored if you could join me.
May God's blessings be upon you and your family during this wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous and Happy New Year!
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