Sophocleus in Arundel executive race

June 04, 1994|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Sun Staff Writer

Theodore J. Sophocleus, who narrowly lost the 1990 race for Anne Arundel County executive to Robert R. Neall, said yesterday he once again is in the hunt for the county's top elective post.

Mr. Sophocleus, a Democrat who was appointed to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates last year, said he decided two weeks ago but hesitated while waiting to see if Mr. Neall might decide to run for re-election.

Mr. Neall, who had been considered a leading Republican candidate for governor, announced late in 1993 that he is getting out of politics. But his GOP associates have insisted that he still could run for re-election. And, with about $170,000 in his campaign accounts, Mr. Neall automatically would be considered the front-runner.

"I couldn't wait any longer for the air to clear," said Mr. Sophocleus, a former county councilman and Linthicum pharmacist. "I don't usually let the actions dictate what I do . . . so I decided to go ahead."

Mr. Sophocleus, 55, is the best known of four Democrats who could appear on the September primary ballot. Cpl. Larry Walker, a county policeman and Annapolis resident, was the first to announce his plans during winter. The others are William Brill, an Annapolis-based security consultant and former county councilman; and H. Erle Schafer, a Glen Burnie businessman and former clerk of the Circuit Court.

State Del. John Gary of Millersville is the lone Republican candidate. Mr. Sophocleus said he will make a formal announcement at a June 26 fund-raiser in Glen Burnie.

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