New Democrat, Gop Clubs Take Aim At Women's Vote

December 03, 1991|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff writer

With a U.S. presidential election looming in 1992, Democrats and Republicans are battling for the votes of county women.

Both parties,hoping to mobilize women into a political force, launched clubs catering to women's interests this fall.

The Democratic Women of Anne Arundel County will meet at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow for the first time.

The Anne Arundel County Republican Professional Women elected their first president, Jane DiJulio of Pasadena, on Sunday.

"It's great to see women becoming involved on both the Republican and Democratic sides," DiJulio said. "It's giving women an awareness that they are needed, too."

Republican women have had their own clubs, which register voters and stump for GOP candidates, for many years, DiJulio said.

But those groups typically cater to homemakers and retirees who can meet during the day.

The newgroup, which will do much of the same work, is geared toward workingprofessionals and will meet in the evenings, she said.

As the number of voters registered as Democrats tumbles, that party's leaders hope new clubs like the Democratic Women and the Young Democrats club formed last winter will draw new recruits to the majority party.

The Board of Election Supervisors reports that the number of registered Democrat voters in Anne Arundel has fallen by nearly 10,000 to 97,434.

Republican ranks also have declined, but not nearly as dramatically, with registration dropping by nearly 1,400 voters to 68,421.

"We felt forming the Young Democrats and Democratic Women's Club were ways to make people more aware of the Democratic Party," said Delegate Joan Cadden, D-Brooklyn Park, who organized tomorrow's Democratic meeting at Kaufman's Restaurant in Gambrills.

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