Annapolis mayor says he's seeking re-election ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

May 07, 1993|By Monica Norton and JoAnna Daemmrich | Monica Norton and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writers

An article in the Anne Arundel edition yesterday incorrectly identified Marion Hopkins, the wife of Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins yesterday announced his intention to seek re-election in the city he fondly calls his "mistress."

"I love my wife, but if I had a mistress, it would be the city of Annapolis," Mr. Hopkins said as he stood in front of the newly opened Gott's Court parking garage, adjacent to the future home of the city's visitor center.

Beneath a sunlit sky, Mr. Hopkins, joined by his wife, Marjorie, and two of his daughters, Barbara and Kathy, told a small crowd that he felt he had "earned a second term to continue moving [the] city toward the 21st century."

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"A friend of mine has a little sign over his desk at home that says, 'When all is said and done, more gets said than done,' " Mr. Hopkins said. "I believe the Hopkins administration has reversed that philosophy by saying very little, but getting things done with our focus on accomplishment rather than headlines."

Despite undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery in September, Mr. Hopkins, 67, said his health should not be a concern. He said his cardiologist told him there was no reason he should not seek re-election next year.

"My health, I feel like I'm 27 years old," he said.

Mr. Hopkins said he never considered not seeking re-election.

"I heard rumors that I wasn't going to run," he said. "But there are still things that need to be done."

Mr. Hopkins, a third-generation Annapolitan who served 24 years on the City Council, ousted Dennis M. Callahan from office in a stunning upset in 1989. Mr. Callahan, 51, is running as an independent to reclaim the city's top office.

Mr. Hopkins will face Sylvanus B. Jones, chairman of the transportation advisory board, in the Democratic primary, then Mr. Callahan and Laurance Vincent, a Main Street clothing store owner who ran as a Republican in 1989, in the general election. Mr. Vincent is expected to announce his candidacy tomorrow.

Former Mayor Roger W. "Pip" Moyer, now deputy director of the Annapolis Housing Authority, said he does not believe Mr. Hopkins can lose.

"He's done a very good job of running the city," Mr. Moyer said. "And he keeps in touch with the people."

But the mayor does have his detractors. In his first months, the mayor made a comment about mixed marriages that was disparaged as "outrageous" and "racially offensive" by some city leaders.

Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a frequent critic of Mr. Hopkins, and other black community leaders also have faulted the mayor on his handling of refurbishing the old Wiley H. Bates High School, once Anne Arundel County's only high school for blacks.

"I have some real strong reservations," Mr. Snowden said. "I've made that very clear.

"But for the last three consecutive elections, even further back than that, the elections have all been upsets. None has been elected to a second term. Who knows what will happen in '93?"

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