Del. Virginia M. Thomas ousted incumbent state Sen. Thomas M. Yeager, and Columbia resident Edward J. Kasemeyer apparently defeated three Baltimore County contenders, including the incumbent state senator, in Democratic primaries for General Assembly seats yesterday.
Ms. Thomas, who charged that Mr. Yeager was ineffective, won a battle over leadership styles for the Democratic nomination in Senate District 13, defeating the three-term senator resoundingly, 64 percent to 36 percent. The district also includes a small portion of Prince George's County.
In the Nov. 8 general election, Ms. Thomas will face Del. Martin G. Madden, a District 13B Republican and a Clarksville-area resident who was unopposed in the Republican primary.
In Senate District 12, which stretches from West Columbia through Elkridge into southwestern Baltimore County, Mr. Kasemeyer, a former state senator who lost his western Howard seat in 1990, apparently overcame Sen. Nancy L. Murphy, a 12-year Baltimore County legislator.
Mr. Kasemeyer won convincingly in the Howard County portion of the district with 70 percent of the vote. Vote totals from Baltimore County were incomplete last night.
On the Republican side in District 12, David Maier beat fellow Elkridge Republican Christopher Eric Bouchat for the nomination.
In the Senate District 14 Republican primary, Sen. Christopher J. McCabe of Ellicott City easily secured the GOP nomination, winning 76 percent of the Howard County vote to Columbia resident Anne R. Ward's 24 percent.
The district includes Ellicott City, a small portion of West Columbia, western Howard and northeastern Montgomery County.
On the Democratic side, James P. Mundy of Ellicott City defeated Michael B. Dupuy of Montgomery County, winning about 90 percent of the Howard vote.
Ms. Thomas, a delegate since 1983, attributed her victory over Mr. Yeager to hard work during the campaign.
"I went out and knocked on a lot of doors, and I found when I went into his territory and started hearing their problems, they realized I was someone who took the job seriously," she said.
Ms. Thomas charged that Mr. Yeager was not effective in securing benefits for constituents or in getting initiatives passed, and that he wasn't involved enough in community concerns.
Mr. Yeager countered by claiming that Ms. Thomas cost the county money for school construction projects overall by circumventing the Howard delegation to lobby for projects in her own district.
Ms. Thomas denies that her actions deprived the county of any state funding.
District 13 includes east Columbia, Fulton, Highland, part of Clarksville, Guilford, Savage and the Laurel area.
Mr. Yeager represented all those areas, while Ms. Thomas represented East Columbia and Guilford as a delegate.
Mr. Kasemeyer said emphasizing his position as an advocate of comprehensive gun control legislation against his three opponents, who each oppose gun control, made a difference in the outcome.
He said he must concentrate on winning supporters from Baltimore County in the general election contest against Mr. Maier, who won 66 percent of the Howard vote.
Mr. Mundy, who said he was campaigning against Mr. McCabe all along, began taking jabs immediately at his general election opponent, criticizing him for his vote against a 1993 health care ,, reform bill supported by all but two senators.
Mr. Mundy, a Glenelg High School teacher, said he won support from "the regular guy on the street."
Mr. McCabe said he expects a tough race.
"I know there are a great number of special interest groups that would like to see me not return to the senate," Mr. McCabe said. "I don't have a history of supporting special interests there.
"I was successful four years ago because I am an independent thinker and doer in Annapolis."