Walker, Gary are endorsed by taxpayers group CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK CAMPAIGN 1994

September 04, 1994|By This report was compiled by Sun staff writers John A. Morris and John Rivera.

The Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association, the organization that successfully pushed for the property tax cap in the election two years ago, has endorsed Democratic candidate Larry E. Walker for county executive in the Sept. 13 primary election.

The taxpayers group also endorsed Republican Del. John G. Gary, even though he faces no opposition in the primary.

In endorsing Mr. Gary, the taxpayer organization cited his experience in state government and his receptiveness on taxpayer issues.

Mr. Walker, who is a corporal in the county police department, received the AATA endorsement because of his law enforcement experience and his success in starting an air charter business.

"This is not Larry Walker by default," said Robert C. Schaeffer, AATA president. "If he had not been running, we would have endorsed nobody."

In addition to endorsing Mr. Walker, the AATA announced its opposition to Democratic candidates Del. Theodore J. Sophocleus and Robert Agee for their roles in passing a law in 1990 that improved pension benefits for elected and appointed officials in county government.

The AATA opposes Mr. Sophocleus because he voted for the bill as a member of the County Council, and both he and his wife are collecting the enhanced pension.

Mr. Agee was singled out because of his role as an adviser to then-County Executive O. James Lighthizer, whose administration wrote the bill. Mr. Agee has said that he opposed the bill during internal discussions.

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Mr. Agee has outlined a plan to better coordinate county and city services around Annapolis.

Services, such as road planning, have gone awry in the past because of personality disputes between city and county officials, said Mr. Agee, who is competing with four other Democrats in the Sept. 13 primary for county executive.

Mr. Agee has proposed creating an Annapolis Municipal Services Commission. The commission would look at joint planning, water and sewer service and police and fire protection.

"We can no longer afford to allow activities resulting in parallel water lines, inadequate coordination of services, planning and fire protection," Mr. Agee said in a written statement. "It's not healthy for government, and it doesn't benefit citizens."

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The Anne Arundel Fire Political Action Committee, which represents the members of the paid firefighters union, last week announced its endorsements for the County Council primary election:

District 1, George Bachman; District 2, James E. DeGrange; District 3, Carl G. Holland; District 4, Robert H. McMurtrie; District 5, no endorsement in primary or general election; District 6, Melinda H. Hamilton; District 7, John J. Klocko III

The fire PAC made no endorsement for county executive for the primary, but will interview the two nominees to make an endorsement in the general election.

L In addition, the fire PAC endorsed the following candidates:

For state's attorney, Frank Weathersbee; for sheriff, George F. Johnson IV; for Democratic Central Committee, District 31, James Bestpitch; District 32, Gordon W. March Jr.

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Marylanders Against Handguns has given Harold "Hal" Counihan, a Gambrills Democrat, its seal of approval in his race for a District 33 House of Delegates seat.

MAHA, which has proposed comprehensive gun control legislation for the 1995 General Assembly session, including licensing handgun purchasers, released a list of "approved"

candidates last week.

"Hal Counihan understands the need for strong and effective gun control legislation and supports the MAHA proposal," said MAHA executive director Vincent DeMarco.

Mr. Counihan, 51, is a dean at Anne Arundel Community College. District 33 includes western Severna Park, Crownsville, Odenton and Davidsonville.

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Mr. Sophocleus, the Linthicum Democrat running for county executive, has captured the endorsements of three Annapolis political leaders.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and state Dels. John C. Astle and Michael E. Busch announced their support for Mr. Sophocleus early last week.

Mr. Hopkins said he and Mr. Sophocleus, the Democrats' 1990 nominee, would "work together to really cement the relationship between Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis to usher in a new era of cooperation which will benefit . . . all taxpayers."

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The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County has endorsed Dorothy Dixon Chaney, a South County Democrat, for the 7th District County Council seat.

The group, which released most of its endorsements two months ago, delayed Mrs. Chaney's endorsement while the school board and teachers' union resolved a contract dispute. Mrs. Chaney is a member of the school board.

The group considers candidates' positions on education issues only and promises to support financially the campaigns of those it endorses.

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The Odenton Volunteer Fire Company is planning a "Meet the Candidate Night" bull and oyster roast Sept. 11 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire hall, 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton.

Tickets cost $25 and include beer and music by the Just for Fun Time Band. Information: 674-4444.

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William Mulford II, a Republican candidate for Annapolis' 6th District County Council seat, will hold a bull roast from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastport Volunteer Fire Hall. Tickets cost $25. Information: 267-9600 or 544-6179.

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The committee to elect James J. Riley, a Pasadena Republican, to the House of Delegates is planning a crab feast Saturday to raise money for his campaign.

The event is set for the Riverdale Restaurant from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $25. Information: 360-2293.

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David DeAngelis of Severna Park is planning a cocktail party Oct. 6 to help finance his campaign for the 5th District County Council seat.

Mr. DeAngelis, a Democrat, will face Republican incumbent Diane Evans in the Nov. 8 general election.

The fund-raiser is set for 7 p.m. at LaFontaine Bleu, 7415 Ritchie Highway.

Tickets cost $40. Information: 859-1475 or 437-2496.

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