Wehland Says He'll Seek Circuit Court Judgeship

November 13, 1991

Charles E. Wehland, an Ellicott City lawyer who is a former Howard County state's attorney and judge on the old People's Court, has said he'll challenge Howard County Circuit Court Judge Dennis M. Sweeney in the March 3, 1992 primary.

Wehland, 61, a Democrat, said last week that several members of the local bar had asked him to run againstSweeney, a former deputy Maryland Attorney General who was appointedto the county Circuit Court in February by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Sweeney, a 46-year-old Democrat who lives in Ellicott City, has formed a campaign committee to seek a 15-year term in the judicial post, which pays $89,000 a year.

Wehland, who has been a member of the Maryland bar for 31 years, said he will emphasize his long-time legal experience and qualifications.

He was a state's attorney from 1974 to 1978 and spent one year

as a People's Court judge in 1970 before the state District Court system was established.

"It is up to the voters to compare our qualifications and service to the county," Wehland said.

Sweeney served as deputy state attorney general for seven years and was chief of the civil division in the attorney general's office. He also was chief attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau and was an assistant federal public defender after law school in 1971.

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