Middlebrooks heads GOP ticket in District 32 CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK CAMPAIGN 1994

July 31, 1994|By Sun staff writer John A. Morris compiled this report.

State Senate candidate Edward Middlebrooks is leading a Republican coalition in his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Michael J. Wager and his House of Delegates ticket in District 32.

Mr. Middlebrooks, chairman of the County Council, was a part of Mr. Wagner's ticket in previous elections. He switched parties in May specifically to challenge the senator.

District 32 includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie, Severn and Maryland City.

The GOP ticket, "Citizens Serving Citizens," includes Ed Priola, Jim Rzepkowski and Gerald Starr for the House.

Also on the ticket is Frank Phelps, running for County Council seat for District 1, which includes Linthicum and Brooklyn Park.

The ticket did not pick up a candidate for the District 2 (Glen Burnie) council seat Mr. Middlebrooks is leaving.

The Wagner Democratic coalition, "Partnership for Progress," includes Dels. Victor Sulin, Mary Ann Love and Thomas H. Dixon III as candidates for the House.

Mr. Wagner's slate also includes George Bachman, seeking re-election in District 1 for County Council, and James "Ed" DeGrange, who hopes to succeed Mr. Middlebrooks in District 2.

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About 200 supporters of County Council candidate Norman G. Myers turned out at his crab feast at Kaufmann's Tavern in Gambrills Wednesday night despite the stormy weather.

"I was really delighted by the turnout, particularly considering the weather," said Mr. Myers, who has been active with the Greater Odenton Improvement Association. "We even had several county executive candidates . . . attend."

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Ted Sophocleus of Linthicum is planning a bull roast on Aug. 7 to raise money to finance his campaign for the Democratic nomination for county executive.

The event at Kurtz Beach begins at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Information: 582-9117.

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Business people and others can mix with county, state and federal candidates Aug. 10 at a "Meet the Candidates Nite" sponsored by the Pasadena Business Association.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Tickets are $15 with advance reservation; $18 after Monday.

For information or tickets, call John Mosca at 437-5900, Cindy Hergenham at 360-0000, or Carol Cross at 987-4887.

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Jones Intercable is making cable television more affordable for political candidates.

The company will begin airing five-minute infomercials at 8:30 p.m. Monday and will repeat them each day, Monday through Friday, until the Sept. 13 primary.

The segments, which give each candidate 25 minutes of air time, cost $500 each, said cable account executive Steve Hannon. That's roughly the same cost as to produce a 30-second advertisement without any air time, he said.

Mr. Hannon said the charge covers the company's production costs.

Many candidates are turning to cable advertising, which is much less expensive than broadcast television, to reach potential voters.

The infomercials will be moderated by Gene Brink, who anchors the cable company's weekly newsmagazine, though candidates will select their own topics.

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