Broccolino scores upset in state's attorney bid PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS 1994

September 14, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Lan Nguyen, Mark Guidera and Ivan Penn contributed to this article.

A self-described political outsider upset the well-organized, well-financed campaign of a top prosecutor in the Democratic primary for Howard County state's attorney yesterday.

Dario Broccolino, coordinator of the Maryland State's Attorneys Association, beat Michael Weal, a 17-year veteran prosecutor who works as chief of the District Court division of the state's attorney's office.

In the race for the county school board, 19-year-old Jamie Kendrick of Elkridge was among the top four vote-getters whose names will go on the general election ballot for two available seats.

In the race for state's attorney, Mr. Broccolino -- who had never sought political office -- got 10,374 votes, or 56 percent, to Mr. Weal's 8,125 votes, according to the board of elections.

The winner of the general election will replace State's Attorney William R. Hymes, who did not seek re-election after 16 years in office.

"I just tried to present myself and my credentials as best and honestly as I could," said Mr. Broccolino, who celebrated his victory with relatives and friends at his Ellicott City home.

Mr. Weal, surrounded by supporters at Democratic headquarters Columbia, said he was "very disappointed" by the results.

Mr. Broccolino, 50, a former prosecutor in Baltimore, will face Republican Marna McLendon in November's general election.

Ms. McLendon, 43, who operates an Ellicott City cafe-bookstore with her husband, took nearly every precinct in the GOP primary from Joseph Fleischmann II, a private attorney from Ellicott City.

Ms. McLendon commanded 64 percent of the vote, receiving 7,103 votes to Mr. Fleischmann's 3,954 votes, according to election results.

"I'm just thrilled because people really want to see a difference in the state's attorney's office," said Ms. McLendon, a former prosecutor and police officer.

Mr. Weal, who began campaigning for state's attorney in July 1993, said last week that Mr. Broccolino's last-minute entry in the race caught him off guard.

Mr. Weal's campaign was further sidetracked by allegations raised by Mr. Fleischmann that he may have violated state election laws by having two senior prosecutors work as campaign organizers.

In the race for the county school board, 19-year-old Jamie Kendrick of Elkridge was among the top four vote-getters whose names will go on the ballot for two available seats.

In the school board race, five candidates squared off in a nonpartisan primary for four spots in the general election, to fill positions left vacant by Chairman Dana Hanna and board member Deborah Kendig.

Mr. Kendrick, a graduate of the county's public schools who is now a student at the University of Maryland College Park, sparked debate among residents because of his age.

One-time board member Karen Campbell, whose term expired two years ago, was the top vote-getter in the race with 16,088 votes. She was followed by Stephen Bounds, a Lisbon attorney, with 12,122 votes.

Mr. Kendrick got 11,451 votes and Delroy Cornick of Columbia got 9,286 votes. Robert Minehart Jr., a National Security Agency policy analyst, got 5,515 votes.

In other races, Theodore Morse defeated Richmond Laney in the Republican primary for county sheriff. Mr. Morse, of Ellicott City, will meet Democratic incumbent Michael Chiuchiolo, who was unopposed.

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