Mitchell affirms he's out of race for governorship 'It's not for me,' the speaker says

November 04, 1993|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Staff Writer

House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., who twice this year has toyed with the idea of running for governor, now has twice backed off.

The Kent County Democrat, asked about his intentions yesterday, replied, "I'm not running for governor."

Mr. Mitchell had said during this year's legislative session that he was thinking about running for governor in 1994, then later said he was not interested. His interest was renewed in September after Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, regarded as the front-runner in the race, dropped out.

Yesterday, however, Mr. Mitchell said flatly, "I've thought about it, but it's not for me."

Had he stayed in the race, Mr. Mitchell would have anchored the conservative end of the Democratic field. But he has never faced election opponent and has never had to raise the kind of money a candidate for governor would need.

He said he probably will run for re-election to the House of Delegates from his rural Upper Eastern Shore county.

He has been speaker of the House since 1987, a position he has said he would gladly give up if the General Assembly would elect him state treasurer.

But Mr. Mitchell also has said he will not pursue that job as long as the incumbent, Treasurer Lucille Maurer, wants to stay on the job. So far, Mrs. Maurer has indicated she hopes to be re-elected herself.

Other Democratic candidates still in the race for governor

include Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg of Baltimore County, Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening, and state Sen. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County.

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