Annapolis primary to pick nominees Voters may find sparse company

September 21, 1993|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Staff Writer

Annapolis residents head to the polls today to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for mayor and alderman, with a light turnout expected.

"We expect a fairly tame election," said Deborah Heinbuch, election administrator, citing the expected rain and the widespread belief that the "real" election will start tomorrow, when three mayoral candidates will run in the general election on Nov. 2.

Polls were to open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins is expected to prevail in the Democratic primary over Sylvanus Jones, a retired federal employee who runs a consulting business.

Mr. Hopkins, who served as an alderman from Eastport for 24 years before he was elected mayor, has frustrated black leaders and angered police and fire union officials, as well as downtown residents. But he retains the support of senior citizens and longtime residents, the people most likely to vote in a primary.

In the GOP primary, Larry Vincent, the Republican standard bearer in 1989, is a slight favorite over Michael W. Fox, a manufacturer's representative, and Louise M.R. Beauregard, a perennial candidate.

Mr. Fox, a political newcomer, entered the race at the last minute, saying he hoped to shake up the GOP old order. Mr. Vincent, meanwhile, says he has been using the primary as a "dress rehearsal" for the general election.

The two party choices for mayor will compete with Dennis M. Callahan, a former Democratic mayor who was upset by Mr. Hopkins four years ago and is running as an independent for his old job in the November election.

On the City Council front, two races to watch are in Wards 4 and 6.

In Ward 4, three Democrats are vying for the chance to face GOP Councilman Joseph Sachs in November. Mr. Sachs, who is unopposed, was appointed last month to fill the unexpired term of GOP council member Ruth Gray, who moved from Annapolis.

The Democratic contenders are activist Gertrude "Trudi" McGowan, land planner Joseph Shepard Tullier and John Rea, a salesman for Comquest Ltd.

In Ward 6, Democrats Michael T. Brown and Kenneth A. Kirby are competing for the chance to face GOP Councilman Wayne C. Turner, who is unopposed in the primary. Mr. Brown lost to Mr. Turner in 1989 by 7 votes.

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