Maryland secessionists are meeting tonight on independent statehood

A group of Maryland residents who want to form their own state are meeting tonight in western Maryland to plan on how to move forward. Photo: Maryland/ AP

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2013 — Tonight, a group of likeminded individuals will hold a town-hall style meeting at Allegany College in Maryland to discuss a topic near and dear to all their hearts: the secession and independent statehood of Western Maryland.

The group, Western Maryland: A New State Initiative states on their website that website says that “The goal is to form a new state comprised of Maryland’s five western counties”.

For the less geographically inclined, that would include Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties.

According to members of the group, people are feeling “the pinch” of overbearing state regulations from the largely Democratic majority in Maryland. Western Maryland is a more conservative segment of the state, and their views are well reflected in their website which points to gun control regulations and high taxes as the primary grievances of the citizenry.

One of the main factors standing in the way of an independent Western Maryland is that the five counties in question make up only 11 percent of the state’s population. Fortunately, according to one member of the group “no one expects it to happen overnight”.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Allegany College Theater on Willowbrook Road. 

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