District 5 Race Shapes Up As Lone Close Council Contest Other Incumbents Expected To Cruise

September 13, 1990|By Gary Gately | Gary Gately,SUN STAFF

Diane R. Evans, vying to become the first Republican on the County Council in 20 years, will face Democrat Linda Gilligan in the District 5 County Council race.

With incumbents and Democrats expected to cruise to easy victories in the other six council Districts, the District 5 showdown likely will prove the only close contest in the Nov. 6 general election.

Evans, a 41-year-old support officer with the domestic relations division of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, captured 3,367 votes, or 80 percent of the total, to self-employed salesman Andrew L. Buettner's 856 in Tuesday's primary.

Gilligan, a 38-year-old former hospital administrator and the sister-in-law of outgoing Glen Burnie County Councilman Michael F. Gilligan, captured 2,176 votes, or 33 percent, to top seven other Democrats.

Mary K. Harris, a former chairwoman of the county Board of Appeals, and Robert Cancelliere, a retired IBM consultant and owner of Severna Park Inn Liquors, each took about 19 percent of the Democratic vote.

While Democrats outnumber Republicans 1.5-to-1 in Anne Arundel County, the two parties run virtually dead-even in voter registration in District 5, which includes Severna Park and the Broadneck Peninsula.

But political observers say party loyalty is not expected to play a big role in the race to fill the council seat vacated by Severna Park Democrat Carole B. Baker, and the general election could go either way.

Evans, whose $13,000 campaign war chest topped any of the 36 council candidates except the four incumbents, says she would slow the growth of government spending by working to reduce waste and inefficiency. Democratic councils have failed to do that for two decades, she said.

"We need a Republican sitting on that council because only a Republican has the fiscal responsibility to decide what we should spend our money on," Evans said.

Delivering the first direct criticism of Gilligan, Evans said, "My opponent believes the county should be spending more money and not less and not scaling back."

Gilligan denied she would seek to increase spending and pledged to examine every budget item closely if elected.

She also downplayed Evans' party stereotyping, saying, "I don't think it's a matter of Republican vs. Democrat. I think it's a matter of candidate vs. candidate."

Both candidates have campaigned heavily, and both call constituent service -- responses to the mundane matters like sediment runoff, potholes and such -- among the top priority among voters in the upper-middle income District.

Both also list education, growth-control and the environment among their top concerns.

The District 2 Republican council race remained too close to call yesterday. Environmental consultant Ernest C. Michaelson was ahead of contractor Michael J. Serabian by only nine votes, 928-919.

But 17 GOP absentee ballots mailed out had yet to be counted yesterday, Board of Elections officials said, and those ballots should be counted by today.

The District 2 Republican nominee will face Democrat Edward Middlebrooks, an attorney, in the general election. Middlebrooks, with 1,769 votes, topped a field of five candidates. Joseph Procaccini, a Loyola College professor, placed second with 1,557 votes. Councilman Michael F. Gilligan vacated the seat to run for county executive.

As expected, council incumbents coasted to easy victories.

In District 3, Council Vice-Chairman Edward C. Ahern captured 3,559 votes, or 46 percent, to top Thomas C. Henderson, a Sears account manager, with 2,686 votes, and three other candidates. Ahern faces Republican Carl G. Holland, a beverage salesman who ran unopposed in the primary.

David G. Boschert defeated Edwin D. Bell Jr., a county government management assistant, 1,805-888, to capture the Democratic nomination in District 4. No Republican ran, so Boschert automatically retains his seat.

Annapolis Democrat Maureen Lamb ran unopposed in District 6 and will face Republican Glenwood Gibbs in the general election. Gibbs, a retired cartographer, captured 1,634 votes to Patrick J. Ogle's 1,013.

In District 7, Council Chairwoman Virginia P. Clagett topped civic activist Patricia J. O'Brien, 3,889-1,102, to win the Democratic nomination. Clagett will face Republican attorney John J. Klocko, who beat excavation contractor William Alan Boehm, 2,005-887.

Tuesday's primary also marked former Councilman George F. Bachman's return to the ballot after an eight-year absence.

Bachman, a councilman from 1965 until 1982 who also served as council chairman, garnered 4,246 votes, or 59 percent, to beat two other Democrats in District 1. Linthicum Democrat Theodore J. Sophocleus, the Democratic county executive nominee, vacated the seat.

Bachman will face Republican Gerald P. Starr, a Westinghouse financial administrator. Starr defeated James E. Sakers, 980-472.

Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1990

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