Sophocleus and Love are touted Others also covet 2 Assembly seats

May 20, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

The name of former County Councilman Theodor Sophocleus is among those being considered to fill two seats in Anne Arundel County's General Assembly delegation left vacant zTC by the death of one lawmaker and the resignation of another.

Del. Patrick C. Scannello died Friday, and Del. Tyras S. "Bunk" Athey announced Monday he will resign to become Maryland secretary of state, leaving two District 32 seats open.

Sen. Michael J. Wagner, the ranking Democratic elected official in District 32, said he will recommend that the committee consider Mr. Sophocleus and one of its own, Mary Ann Love of Glen Burnie.

"I think just to be asked to fill the terms is an honor itself," said Mr. Sophocleus, adding that he was approached by Senator Wagner and members of the Democratic Central Committee. "I think trying to live up to their accomplishments . . . Pat was a very people-oriented person, and that would be what I would try to emulate as well."

Delegate Athey, a Jessup Democrat, said he would "like to see someone [appointed] who would be concerned about the folks over my way. [Maryland City and Jessup] are sort of a forgotten thumb sticking out over here."

Delegate Athey said he liked Mr. Sophocleus among the potential candidates.

"When he was a councilman, he was concerned about these communities and spent a lot of time here."

Mr. Sophocleus, a Linthicum pharmacist, served two terms on the County Council from 1982 to 1990 before he narrowly lost a bid for the county executive's office.

Although he has made no secret of his desire to run for county executive again in 1994, Mr. Sophocleus said, "Whatever I do, I jump in with both feet. I would not let any future race interfere with my job as a delegate."

Ms. Love, a former central committee chairwoman, works in the county Office of Community Service.

But they aren't the only ones interested.

The appointments could help those who may want to run for office in 1994 by giving them a year in the public eye.

Other potential candidates include several current and former members of the Anne Arundel County Democratic State Central Committee.

That panel is charged by the state Constitution with selecting candidates to fill seats held by the Democratic Party that have been left vacant between elections.

"With two vacancies, everybody and their brother is going to be seeking" an appointment to serve the last year of the four-year terms, said Del. Victor A. Sulin, a Severn Democrat for District 32.

Thomas H. Dixon III, a former member of the Democratic Central Committee from Millersville, said yesterday that he will seek the appointment. A personnel manager, he finished fourth in the 1990 primary race for three District 32 seats.

"The list goes on and on," said Delegate Sulin. "I understand someone in the Scannello family may even be interested."

Central Committee Chairman William C. Waldecker Jr. said he is reviewing the proper procedure for soliciting nominations, conducting interviews and making the appointments. He said he believes that the committee has 30 days to make a decision after a vacancy occurs.

Three of the county's 18 state lawmakers were first appointed by a central committee to fill a vacancy. Most recently, the Republican State Central Committee named Phillip Bissett of Mayo to finish the term of Aris Allen, who committed suicide in February 1991.

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