President George Bush nominated Delegate John R. Leopold, R-Pasadena, to the National Commission on Disabilities yesterday.
Bush released the nomination to the national media while touring Chicago. Meanwhile, Leopold -- who is running against state Sen. Philip C.
Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, for the state Senate seat in District 31 -- notified county newspapers.
The 15-member Commission on Disabilities recommends new laws to the president and Congress, dealing with the disabled in the workplace and the hearing impaired as well as other issues concerning the handicapped.
If Leopold's nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, it would be his third appointment by a Republican president to a national advisory panel.
Appointed by President Gerald R. Ford, Leopold served on a commission on the education of economically disadvantaged children during the 1970s. And in the early 1980s, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Motor Carrier Advisory Committee, which made recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration on the trucking industry and highway safety.
Leopold said yesterday's nomination "has been in the works for a long time." The FBI has been conducting a background check during the last several months, he said.
SOPHOCLEUS GAINS BACKING OF 2 UNIONS
Democratic county executive candidate Theodore J. Sophocleus has won endorsements from the county teachers' and police unions.
Sophocleus "demonstrated his support for education and for educators during the eight years he served on the County Council, the years he served as a PTA activist and the years he served as a community activist," Thomas J. Paolino, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, said last week.
The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 70, which represents officers through the rank of sergeant, gave Sophocleus its backing the week before.
"Mr. Sophocleus has said his top priority is to protect public safety and education services," said Officer B. Scott Pittaway, vice president of the union. "He has helped the police department secure the manpower and equipment for our battle against crime and drugs."
Sophocleus' opponent is Republican Robert R. Neall, former state drug policy coordinator and House of Delegates minority leader. He won the support of the county's professional firefighters during the primary.