2 Republicans to challenge Democrats in District 32

May 15, 1994|By Sun staff writer John A. Morris.

Two Republicans are challenging the Democrats for control of the three District 32 House of Delegates seats for the first time in at least 12 years.

Ed Priola, 40, of Hanover said he planned to formally launch his campaign this weekend, joining Jim Rzepkowski, 23, of Pasadena on the Republican ticket in the district that includes Maryland City, Severn, Linthicum, Old Mill and Glen Burnie.

A Washington-based political consultant, Mr. Priola is no stranger to the campaign trail. He has organized grass-roots petition drives to place term limitations on the ballot in Chicago and elsewhere. He also lobbied national lawmakers to pass the balanced budget amendment as field director for the National Taxpayers Union.

Helen Fister, chairwoman of the GOP Central Committee, the party's ruling body, said she expects more Republican candidates to step forward in District 32. "I do not intend to give anyone a free ride this year," she said.

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Charles E. Beatty of Brooklyn Park announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the County Council last week.

Mr. Beatty, 55, is running in Council District 1 for the seat now held by Democrat George F. Bachman. The district includes Linthicum and Brooklyn Park.

A part-time library aide at the Baltimore City Detention Center, Mr. Beatty ran for the House of Delegates in 1986.

He said he is a certified school teacher and has earned a master's degree in correctional education from Coppin State College.

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U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has announced plans to seek re-election in the 1st District, which includes Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie and Annapolis.

The two-term Republican is expected to make his first campaign stop in Anne Arundel at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

After a continental breakfast, the congressman is to be introduced by Del. John G. Gary, a Millersville Republican and county executive candidate.

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State Del. Joan Cadden's re-election committee is planning a fund-raiser at 6 p.m. May 22 at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club.

Mrs. Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat and former school board member, was elected to her first term from District 31 in 1990. The district includes Brooklyn Park, Riviera Beach, Pasadena and portions of Severna Park.

On May 26, Gov. William Donald Schaefer is expected to sign into law three bills sponsored by Mrs. Cadden, 52, and passed by the General Assembly this year. The new laws would require the state to disclose pension benefits available to county and state officials; allow state workers to donate excess sick leave to ill colleagues; and require school buses to stop at railroad crossings.

Roland Terrace Democratic Club is at 619 Matthews Ave., one block off Church Street in Brooklyn Park. Tickets are $25.

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Republican gubernatorial candidates Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey and William S. Shepard will be speakers at the West County Republican Club's general membership dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 24.

State's attorney candidate John Greiber also is to speak. The dinner, which costs $15 a person, will be held at the Fort Meade Officers' Club.

For information, contact Bill Gillette at 674-5107 or Jean Sunday

at 672-3680.

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