Longtime colleagues vie for same 2nd District seat CAMPAIGN 1994

July 10, 1994|By Frank Langfitt | Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Larry Carson contributed to this article.

Two Baltimore County politicians -- whose careers have run parallel courses since their days at the Gilman School -- could face each other this fall in what is emerging as one of the most competitive congressional races in Maryland.

Democratic state Del. Gerry L. Brewster and Republican Del. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are favored to win their parties' nominations for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Republican Helen Delich Bentley.

In addition to their ties to the Baltimore prep school, the two were classmates at Princeton University and are lawyers on the same legislative committee in the General Assembly.

The 2nd District race is one of several that are beginning to heat up as the Sept. 13 primaries approach. Other potentially competitive races include the U.S. Senate contest, in which two millionaire Republicans are among those hoping to unseat three-term incumbent Paul S. Sarbanes.

In Western Maryland, seven Democrats are competing to take on first-term congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, considered the most vulnerable of the GOP incumbents.

The Democratic primary in the 2nd District pits Mr. Brewster -- son of former U.S. Senator Daniel B. Brewster -- against Dundalk state Del. Connie C. Galiazzo DeJuliis, who is casting herself as a defender of the working class.

Other Democratic candidates include: Joseph John Bish Jr. of Bel Air, James Edward DeLoach Jr. of Oliver Beach, Kauko H. Kokkonen of Towson and Hunter J. Epperson, who runs a 7-Eleven in Dundalk.

Running on the Republican side are William J. Frank of Towson, a young GOP activist and banker, and John Michael Fleig of Rosedale. The 2nd District includes part of Baltimore, most of eastern Baltimore County as well as the suburbs and countryside of Harford County.

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, William E. Brock III, a former Tennessee senator and former leader of the national Republican Party, is running for office for the first time since 1976. Despite his national stature, the former Reagan cabinet official remains largely unknown in Maryland, according to a recent poll.

Mr. Brock's main opponent for the nomination is a political newcomer, Montgomery County developer Ruthann Aron. Ms. Aron has worked diligently to label Mr. Brock as a "carpetbagger."

Other candidates vying for the Republican nomination include state Del. C. Ronald Franks, an Eastern Shore dentist; Ross Z. Pierpont, a Baltimore surgeon and perennial candidate; Howard D. Greyber, a Potomac scientist; John C. Webb Jr. of Montgomery County; and Culver Sprogle Ladd Jr. of Calvert County.

Mr. Sarbanes has no major opponent in the Democratic primary.

In conservative Western Maryland, Mr. Bartlett faces a diverse field of Democrats who hope to capitalize on some of the gaffes he made after taking office last year. Mr. Bartlett raised a ruckus early on when he noted that some science scholarship recipients, many of whom were Asian, did not have "normal names." In the past year, though, he has avoided similar missteps.

Mr. Bartlett's Democratic rivals include Neil S. Dhillon, a well-financed former Clinton administration official; Paul D. Muldowney, a former state delegate; Stephen Crawford, a University of Maryland professor; Galen R. Clagett, a former Frederick County commissioner; Donald M. DeArmon, an aide to a North Carolina congressman; Clifford E. Snyder Jr., a recent law school graduate; and Anthony P. Puca, president of an office furniture dealership in Rockville.

Mr. Bartlett's challengers in the primary are not well known. They are David R. Yurus, an investment banker from Columbia, and Frederic M. Parker of Ellicott City.

In the other six congressional races, the incumbents face few well-known political names. In the 1st District, which primarily covers the Eastern Shore, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has three opponents in the Republican primary: Scott L. Meredith, an electronics technician from Queen Anne's County; Bradlyn McClanahan of Annapolis; and George Williams of Baltimore.

In Maryland's 3rd District, which includes downtown Baltimore, Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has no serious contenders for the nomination. Baltimore attorney Robert Ryan Tousey is the sole Republican.

Democratic Rep. Albert R. Wynn faces Robert Bates of Silver Spring for the nomination in the 4th District, which covers parts of Montgomery and Prince George's counties. On the Republican side, Michele Dyson, who heads a high-tech communication services firm in Silver Spring and was the 1992 GOP nominee, is the only candidate.

In the 5th District, three Democrats are running in the primary against Rep. Steny H. Hoyer. They are Washington attorney Ricardo V. Johnson; Harold Glynn Dial, a postman from Charles County; and Lawrence E. Keval of Bowie, who works as a police officer at the Library of Congress. The 5th District includes Southern Maryland and parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties.

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