County Democrats will look ahead to the presidential contest tomorrow when they gather for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
It'sa good thing, because the local election last year was their worst in memory, as Republicans seized the county executive spot and their first County Council seats in two decades.
"We lost a few but we won a few. So, I wouldn't say we were battered," county Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman Mary Ann Love said yesterday.
Democrat Joan Cadden captured the District 31 House of Delegates seat that Republican John R. Leopold gave up in his failed challenged to Sen. Philip Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park.
The dinner will feature keynote speaker Sen. Albert Gore Jr., a possible candidate for the party's presidential nomination.
Gore was one of seven declared Democratic candidates at this stage of the 1988 presidential campaign. So far, only former Massachusetts senator Paul Tsongas has announced for 1992.
Gore was the only one of the 1988 field who supported President Bush's decision to use force against Saddam Hussein, which could help him should he decide again to run.
"I think he's looking at it somewhat seriously," Love said. "Maybe that's why he's accepting invitations to these dinners."
Gore was prominent among Capitol Hill Democrats in urging Bush to assist Kurdish refugees. He is also co-author of a bill that would cut taxes for about 134 million Americans and raise them for the richest 15 million.
Gore placed third in the 1988 Maryland primary with 4,427 votes. The eventual nominee, Michael Dukakis, captured 21,718 votes in a lopsided victoryover runner-up Jesse Jackson, who garnered 6,411 votes.
Democratswill also rededicate themselves to party unity tomorrow night, Love said. The dinner is scheduled for 7 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $30 and available at the door.
For information, call Love at 761-5091, Sylvia Jennings at 956-5163 or Melinda Hamilton at 224-2543.