Also on the Ballot. . .

September 04, 1994

An editorial Sunday incorrectly identified a candidate for lieutenant governor, Paul H. Rappaport. He is a former chief of police in Howard County, where he served for 8 1/2 years.

The Sun regrets the errors.

It is the year's most curious election race. You can't vote individually for a candidate running for this $100,000 a year job. Yet his or her name will appear on the Sept. 13 ballot, alongside the names of the candidates for governor.

Yes, campaigning for lieutenant governor is a thankless, frustrating task. But the constitution says each gubernatorial hopeful must have a running mate. The winner will be only a heartbeat away. That is why the office was created in Maryland in 1970. Two years earlier, Gov. Spiro T. Agnew had resigned to become vice president. The new governor was selected by a vote of the General Assembly. That was viewed as unacceptable. Officials also worried about the line of succession should a governor become incapacitated or die.


So Maryland now has a position in which the lieutenant governor "shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor."

This year's candidates are a mixed bag. On the Republican side, they are:

* Paul H. Rappaport, a former Howard County sheriff. He is on the ticket with Ellen R. Sauerbrey.

* Howard A. Denis, a state senator from Montgomery County, who had intended to seek re-election until Helen D. Bentley changed his mind.

* Julia Walsh Gouge, a Carroll County commissioner, who is running with William S. Shepard.

Mr. Rappaport enhances Mrs. Sauerbrey's "law and order" credentials; Mr. Denis lends Mrs. Bentley expertise on State House issues, and Mrs. Gouge helps Mr. Shepard through her knowledge of county problems, especially in the suburbs.

Among leading Democrats, three have legislative experience and the other has been in government:

* Bernie Fowler, a Calvert County state senator, had announced his retirement before linking up with American Joe Miedusiewski. Mr. Fowler is an ardent environmentalist.

* James C. Simpson, a Charles County state senator, also had planned to retire before Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg selected him for his ticket. He chaired a key fiscal committee in the legislature.

* Barbara Osborn Kreamer previously served in the legislature and the Harford County Council. A running mate of Mary Boergers, Ms. Kreamer is an advocate of women's rights issues.

* Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, of Towson, is on the ticket with Parris Glendening. She has worked in the U.S. Justice Department and the state education department. Her Kennedy family connections have been a mixed blessing.

Few voters will pick a nominee for governor on the basis of a running mate. But the caliber and track record of these individuals could help voters decide which gubernatorial candidate has made the wisest selection. The winning lieutenant governor, after all, will be next in line to run this state.

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