Hammond's wife, 5 others seek his former seat

January 20, 1994|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

Six candidates, including the wife of former Republican Alderman John Hammond, have filed to run for the Ward 1 Annapolis City Council seat that Mr. Hammond vacated to become Anne Arundel County's chief financial officer.

Louise M. Hammond, 45, is among three Democrats seeking their party's nomination in a special election to fill the slot. The others are Steven R. Raabe, 32, a research analyst for a marketing firm, and Catherine A. Clark, 48.

Mr. Raabe was executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party in the 1980s.

The Republicans are Ed Snyder, 60, part-owner of a King George Street floral shop; Louise Rothchild Meyers Beauregard, 69, a self-employed activist; and Sharyn Steffey, 46.

The party primaries are scheduled Feb. 8, with the general election a month later.

Candidates were to file by 9 last night with the city Board of Supervisors of Elections. Unless they withdraw by the end of today, their names will appear on the Feb. 8 ballots.

Ward 1 has 2,572 registered voters, including 818 Republicans and 1,382 Democrats.

The Ward 1 seat became open in December after Mr. Hammond, who had served 16 years on the council, resigned to accept the job on County Executive Robert R. Neall's staff. The state constitution barred him from holding both his council seat, which pays $8,500 a year, and the county post, which has a salary of $76,871.

Mrs. Hammond said she and her husband of 24 years always have belonged to different political parties.

"One of the greatest obstacles that I believe I must overcome is the allegations that my candidacy is a conspiracy to allow my husband to be a shadow voice in city government," Mrs. Hammond said when she announced her candidacy. "While we agree on the vast majority of issues, I am not his clone."

Craig Purcell, a Democrat who lost to Mr. Hammond in the city election in November, and Larry Vincent, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for mayor last fall, previously had announced plans to run for the Ward 1 seat.

But late yesterday, neither had filed with the elections board.

Mr. Purcell, an architect, said Monday that he had changed his mind and would not run in the special election.

He said he is considering running for a seat in the General Assembly during elections next fall.

Mr. Vincent, who previously had criticized Mrs. Hammond's entry into the race as an example of "old boy" politics, could not be reached last evening.

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