Levitan asks voters to check his options

November 01, 1991|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- State Sen. Laurence Levitan is sure he's running for public office in 1994. He's just not sure which office.

So, Mr. Levitan -- a 20-year veteran of the General Assembly who, among other accomplishments, pushed through a tax checkoff for endangered species that has become jokingly known as the "chickadee checkoff" -- has come up with a personal checkoff list of his own.

In a recent mass mailing, Mr. Levitan appealed to some 3,500 of his closest friends and supporters to "help Larry decide what to do."

He then invited the recipients to "Please check-off ONE of the following: Governor; Lt. Governor; Comptroller (if 'Louie' retires); Senate president (if 'Mike' retires); Senate [where he's chairman of the Budget and Taxation committee]; or [Montgomery] County executive."

The 58-year-old senator insists he is really looking for guidance, saying, "I've got a lot of options. I'm trying to decide which option to take." He is also looking for money, hoping the mailing will produce $40,000 to $50,000 in campaign contributions.

Of course if state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein seeks re-election, and if Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's, decides not to seek some other of- fice in '94, at least two of those options are gone, Mr. Levitan acknowledged.

As for running for governor, he said, "It is probably time for a governor from Montgomery-Prince George's -- from the Washington metropolitan area. But I still think it is pretty difficult [to be elected from there] because there is a lack of focus on Maryland in Montgomery and Prince George's."

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