Boergers sets 1st all-female ticket CAMPAIGN 1994--THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR

July 04, 1994|By John Frece | John Frece,Sun Staff Writer

Mary H. Boergers, who has made women's issues a central theme of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor, will announce Maryland's first all-female ticket tomorrow by naming former Harford County Del. Barbara O. Kreamer as her running mate.

"I am happy to confirm that," Ms. Kreamer said yesterday. "I'm delighted to be joining Mary's ticket."

Ms. Boergers, a state senator from Montgomery County, is expected to formally introduce Ms. Kreamer at an Annapolis news conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow -- just 10 hours before this year's deadline for candidates to file for public office.

Ms. Kreamer, who previously filed to run for Congress this year, must withdraw from that race to run for lieutenant governor.

Ms. Boergers' selection of Ms. Kreamer leaves only Democratic Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg among the seven leading Democrats and Republicans in the race not to have picked a running mate. Indications yesterday were that Mr. Steinberg, once the front-runner, continued to have trouble finding someone he was happy with and who was willing to run.

Ms. Boergers had engaged in serious discussions with at least three male elected officials in Baltimore about possibly joining her ticket, but the choice of Ms. Kreamer gives the ticket a decidedly feminist tilt.

Both women have worked with or lobbied for state and national women's groups, and both have fashioned political careers centered on women's issues, including their strong support for abortion rights.

Ms. Kreamer was largely responsible for passage of so-called "comparable worth" legislation in the mid-1980s that forced the state to upgrade the salaries of women and minorities who had been discriminated against over the years.

"Barbara has a very like background to Mary," said one person on the Boergers' campaign staff, who asked not to be identified. "Both are former teachers, they served together in the House of Delegates from 1982 until 1990, and they worked together on a lot of issues. They see eye to eye on most of the issues."

Ms. Kreamer, 45, is the first woman to serve on the Harford County Council. A native of Aberdeen, she later represented the eastern county for two terms in the House of Delegates.

In 1990, she ran for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maryland's 1st District but was soundly defeated by then-incumbent Democrat Roy P. Dyson in an election marked by nasty exchanges between them.

In May 1993, she lost a bid for a seat on the Aberdeen City Council. In February, she announced plans to run again for Congress, this time for Republican U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley's vacated seat in the redrawn 2nd District.

At least five other Democrats and two Republicans are vying for that seat. Ms. Kreamer yesterday cited the results of a poll she commissioned earlier this month as proof she could have won the congressional race. But she chose to run for lieutenant governor instead, she said, because "I believe Mary and I could do more right away for Maryland."

Ms. Kreamer is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, has a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. She has a small community law practice in Aberdeen.

Ms. Boergers is a former history teacher, and Ms. Kreamer is a former English and creative writing teacher. Each is married to a lawyer, and each is the mother of a teen-age daughter and son.

Ms. Boergers is a former lobbyist for the National Organization for Women; Ms. Kreamer is past president of the Maryland Association of Elected Women, and a former commissioner of the Maryland Commission for Women.

In 1930, Elisabeth Gilman, the daughter of the first president of Hopkins University, became the first woman to run for governor of Maryland as the candidate of the Socialist Party. In those days, the Maryland Constitution did not provide for a lieutenant governor, so she had no running mate. In 1974, Republican Louise Gore ran against Democratic Gov. Marvin Mandel, but her running mate was a man.

Two Republican women are running for governor this year, Mrs. Bentley and Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey of Baltimore County, but both have chosen men as running mates.

Two of the male candidates, Democrat Parris N. Glendening, the Prince George's County executive, and Republican William S. Shepard, the 1990 GOP nominee from Montgomery County, have chosen women as their running mates.

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