Sen. Wagner to risk riding in Memorial Day parade

May 22, 1994|By Sun staff writer John A. Morris

As a rule, state Sen. Michael J. Wagner, a Ferndale Democrat, avoids parade appearances, saying that they only give constituents the chance to insult him.

But the senator says he will risk it today. He is to ride in the Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade at 2 p.m. with County Council candidate James "Ed" DeGrange.

He last appeared in a Maryland City parade in 1978, during his first -- and unsuccessful -- run for the Senate against H. Erle Schafer. He's eschewed them ever since.

"The Glen Burnie Parade is a payback," Mr. Wagner said tongue-in-cheek, referring to criticism that he fancies himself an old-school political boss.

The senator said he promised Mr. DeGrange, whom he has encouraged to run against County Councilman C. Edward Middlebrooks, that he would participate. He is paying Mr. DeGrange -- of DeGrange Lumber -- back for his appearance in Mr. Wagner's hometown parade last week. "I've never been in it once," he said.

Still, Mr. Wagner says he does not relish the thought of being recognized in a parade.

"If I was going to be in a parade, I would rather be in a costume," he said. "Like the Orioles Bird. Everybody likes him."

Bert Rice seeks GOP council seat

Bert Rice of Odenton is seeking the Republican nomination to a County Council seat.

Mr. Rice, 57, hopes to represent West County, an area now served by County Councilman David G. Boschert. Mr. Boschert is barred from re-election by county term limits.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Mr. Rice helped found the West County Republican Club in 1991. He also is a member of the Odenton Improvement Association's board of directors.

Mr. Rice's campaign committee organized a "Best of the West" party at the Odenton Fire Hall Friday to raise money. Guests were asked to wear western attire. Tickets cost $15.

Candidate Baldwin to hold fund-raiser

To fuel his campaign for a state House of Delegates seat, Robert C. Baldwin of Crownsville is selling tickets to brunch on June 5 in Annapolis.

Mr. Baldwin, 59, is seeking the Republican nomination to one of three District 33 seats. The district includes Fort Meade, Crofton, Severna Park and Davidsonville.

The fund-raiser begins at noon at the home of Margaret and Paul Evans, 1718 Winchester Road. Tickets are $25.

Elected to the county GOP central committee, the party's governing body, in 1990, Mr. Baldwin has been campaigning for the past year. He is secretary-treasurer of Reliable Contracting, which is owned by his brother Thomas, and has been active in several business and industry organizations.

Joan Beck expected to announce for post

Joan Beck of Hillsmere is expected to announce her campaign for state House of Delegates at a June 5 fund-raiser.

A member of the county Republican Central Committee, Ms. Beck, 60, is seeking the GOP nomination to one of three seats in District 30. The district includes Arnold, Annapolis, Shadyside and Lothian.

Ms. Beck said she plans to file her candidacy with the state elections board on June 3. The formal kickoff, however, will take place at the fund-raiser at Beth and Walter Wayson's farm, 412 Polling House Road, Harwood. Tickets are $35.

Ms. Beck, a former Prince George's County government employee, has been an aide to House Minority Leader Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a Baltimore County delegate, for the past five years.

Jefferson-Jackson dinner to be held

The Severna Park Democratic Club and the county Democratic Central Committee are sponsoring the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a traditional event where candidates can be seen and party officials can mend fences, on June 8.

The event, which is 20 years old this year, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park. Officials with the Severna Park Democratic Club said half the 200 tickets already have been sold.

The county Republican Central Committee held a Lincoln Day Dinner in February, with about 400 partisans in attendance.

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