Prosecutor says he'll resign post if elected to the County Council CAMPAIGN 1994

CAMPAIGN NOTES

August 26, 1994|By Sun staff writer John A. Morris compiled this report.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford, a Republican, said if he is elected to the County Council this fall, county law will require that he resign as a prosecutor.

County Attorney Judson Garrett said yesterday that the county charter prohibits any council member from holding "any other office or employment for compensation or profit of, or under the state, county or federal government."

He said the law does not prohibit government employees from running for the County Council, but requires that they resign before taking office.

Mr. Mulford said he had requested Mr. Garrett's opinion because of the possibility of a conflict.

A prosecutor for eight years, Mr. Mulford earns $50,600. As a County Council member, he would earn $26,000. The council chairman earns $30,000 and vice chairman $27,500.

Mr. Mulford said if elected to the council, he would go into private law practice.

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Jim Rzepkowski, a GOP House of Delegates candidate in District 32, will hand out campaign mugs and mallets at crab feast tomorrow to raise money for his race.

The fund-raiser at the McGivney Point Knights of Columbus hall in Glen Burnie starts at 1 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. District 32 includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie and Maryland City.

Tickets cost $25. Information: 766-4672.

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A bull roast to raise money for state Del. W. Ray Huff's re-election campaign is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Huff of Pasadena has represented District 31, which includes Brooklyn Park and portions of Severna Park, since 1986.

Tickets cost $25. Information: 647-1111.

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A Democratic House of Delegates candidate from Gambrills is conducting a public opinion poll on the Redskins football stadium proposal, the environment, term limits, prison sentences and welfare benefits.

Harold "Hal" Counihan, a professor at Anne Arundel Community College and founder of the Center for the Study of Local Issues, said the survey will be mailed to 5,000 Democratic voters in District 33. The district includes Severna Park, Odenton and Davidsonville.

Mr. Counihan, who has conducted polls on the county for the college since 1978, said anyone -- including his opponents -- can learn the results of the survey by calling 410-923-6113.

"Some veteran politicians say I would be better off spending my xTC time and campaign money on advertising, but I think this is important," said Mr. Counihan. "Who knows, maybe I'll start a trend."

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The Friday Morning Democratic Breakfast Club has invited Charles Ross, a House of Delegates candidate from Annapolis, to speak Sept. 2.

The group meets every Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Crate Cafe, 49 West St., Annapolis.

Others invited to speak next month are the District 30 candidates for the Democratic State Central Committee Sept. 9, and Tom Marquardt, managing editor of The Capital, Sept. 16.

Information: 757-1678.

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The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Republican candidate Brian Brooks in the District 31 House of Delegates race.

District 31 includes Brooklyn Park, Pasadena and portions of Severna Park.

In District 33, which includes Crofton and Severna Park, the statewide group has embraced Democrats Mike Canning, Pat Huecker and incumbent Marsha Perry.

Democrats Virginia Clagett, Steve Carr and John Eldridge received the league's endorsement for the three District 30 seats. That district includes Annapolis, Lower Broadneck and Shady Side.

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Gerald P. Starr of Linthicum, a GOP candidate for the House of Delegates, said he will back legislation to give first-time home buyers a tax credit to defray closing costs.

Mr. Starr, running in District 32 which includes Glen Burnie, said he would support a credit to cover the cost of transfer taxes and documentary stamps. The credit would apply only to houses costing up to $125,000.

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State Del. Phillip D. Bissett, a Mayo Republican, has received the endorsement of the Maryland Nurses Association in the District 30 House of Delegates race.

The association represents 55,000 registered nurses and is interested in health care issues that appear before the General Assembly.

District 30 includes Annapolis, Edgewater and Lower Broadneck.

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