'Harriet's List' endorses 10 women candidates CAMPAIGN 1994 -- ATTORNEY GENERAL

June 17, 1994|By Frank Langfitt | Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer

A new political action committee designed to increase the number of women elected officials in Maryland gave its support yesterday to 10 candidates for various state offices.

The PAC, known as Harriet's List, made the expected selections in the races for governor and attorney general. It chose state Sen. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County for governor and Eleanor M. Carey for attorney general.

While the choices came as no surprise, the selection of Ms. Carey is drawing attention because she is running against an incumbent -- Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. -- who has a strong record on women's issues.

Mr. Curran has supported abortion rights for years, a major criterion in the Harriet's List selection process. As if to underscore that point, Mr. Curran's campaign yesterday announced that the political action committee of the National Abortion Rights and Reproductive Action League (NARAL) recently endorsed him. NARAL claims more than 500,000 members nationwide.

Sayra Wells Meyerhoff, who chairs Harriet's List, said the organization is not targeting male candidates but merely trying to identify qualified women that its 570 members can support if they wish.

"We're not out to get men," Ms. Meyerhoff said, and the selection of Ms. Carey should not be seen as "anti-Joe Curran."

Harriet's List was formed to raise money for Democratic women candidates across Maryland who favor abortion rights. Ms. Meyerhoff said the group has already raised more than $50,000, and it will now ask its members to make personal donations to at least two of the women recommended yesterday.

Other candidates selected by the group include:

* State Del. Maggie McIntosh, who is running for election in the 42nd District in Baltimore and Baltimore County.

* Delegates Delores G. Kelley of Randallstown and Jennie M. Forehand of Rockville, who are running for open Senate seats in the 10th and 17th districts respectively. Ms. Forehand is running for the seat being vacated by Ms. Boergers.

* Former Del. Donna M. Felling, who is running against veteran Baltimore County Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell in District 8. Ms. Felling, a registered nurse, served in the state House of Delegates from 1986 to 1990.

* Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a registered nurse and small business owner, who is running for delegate in the 10th District, which includes parts of West Baltimore and Western Baltimore County.

* Carol Allen, a former state legislative aid, who is running for delegate in District 9B in Baltimore County.

* Marva Jo Camp, a political newcomer, who is running for delegate in the 25th District in Prince George's County.

* Sharrarne Morton, a member of the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission, who also is running for delegate in the 25th.

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