Schaefer Endorses Dyson -- and Vice Versa

County Commissioners President Wayne Cooper, left, and resident Lewis C. Powell celebrate Hunters Brooke's community spirit.
County Commissioners President Wayne Cooper, left, and resident Lewis C. Powell celebrate Hunters Brooke's community spirit. (By Mark Gail -- The Washington Post)
By Megan Greenwell and Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 7, 2006

State Sen. Roy P. Dyson and fellow Democrat state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer joined forces Tuesday to endorse each other for reelection in two tightly contested races.

Dyson, the three-term incumbent in the district that covers St. Mary's County, half of Calvert and a small piece of Charles, officially endorsed Schaefer for reelection in his primary election race against Peter Franchot and Janet S. Owens . In return, Schaefer praised Dyson's work on behalf of all Southern Maryland residents.

"This is the happiest day I've had in a long time," Schaefer said in between bites of pizza at a Callaway restaurant. "It's nice to come where there are good people and people are nice to you."

Although he declined to don an official Schaefer T-shirt over his business suit, Dyson urged Southern Maryland residents to vote for the former governor and Baltimore mayor.

"I wish he was still governor," Dyson said. "He has done so many wonderful things as governor and comptroller, especially for Southern Maryland."

Schaefer's mostly humorous speech delighted the assembled group of politicians and campaign workers.

"I hate to say it, but I was great," he said.

New Bus Service to Arrive

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) announced last week the expansion of the state's commuter bus services connecting Southern Maryland to Washington. The expansion marks an investment of $725,000 per year for the transit service between Charles and St. Mary's counties and the District.

The expansion will cover three new routes to Washington: Route 901, from La Plata and Waldorf; Route 905, from Charlotte Hall and Waldorf; and Route 909, from California and Charlotte Hall.

"One of the real transit success stories in Maryland is the growth of our commuter bus service between Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C.," Ehrlich said in a statement. "Ridership on some of our routes has grown by as much as 10 to 15 percent over the past year. Adding more express service on these heavily used lines makes Maryland a better place to live and commute to work."

Ehrlich unveiled the routes at a news conference in Waldorf last week at the Mattawoman-Beantown Park and Ride station. Last month, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer , the House Democratic whip, convened a news conference at the same site to announce federal funding he steered to Southern Maryland for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Ehrlich also said last week that a traffic signal will be installed at U.S. 301 and Rock Point Road (Maryland Route 257) in southern Charles County near Newburg.

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