Redmond heads for apparent win in council bid PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS 1994

September 14, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

Pasadena businessman Thomas Redmond, who has waged nearly a two-year campaign for County Council, led his closest opponent by almost 20 percent in the Democratic primary last night.

Mr. Redmond had received 55 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for A. Shirley Murphy, with 100 of 155 precincts counted. Elmer Dunn Jr. had 11 percent.

Mr. Redmond's apparent victory sets up a Nov. 8 general race against 3rd District incumbent Carl G. "Dutch" Holland. Mr. Holland was holding a 58 percent to 25 percent lead over his nearest opponent, businessman Romie A. Songer. Severna Park accountant Martin Kolb had 17 percent.

The council races featured many new faces and wide-open contests because of a two-term limit, set by voters two years ago, that placed the unwelcome mat out for incumbents David G. Boschert, Virginia P. Clagett and Maureen Lamb. Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks has switched parties and is running for state Senate in District 32.

In two key races in South County, school board member Dorothy Dixon Chaney led attorney Joseph Collinson III in the Democratic primary for the 7th District seat by 50 percent to 36 percent. A third candidate, community activist Patricia O'Brien, had 14 percent.

In the 7th District's Republican race, Crofton attorney John J. Klocko III appeared to be headed for victory over James C. Overmier Jr., comptroller for the Crofton special benefits district, and Jacqueline A. Potter, a Mayo accountant and community activist. Mr. Klocko had 64 percent of the vote, Mr. Overmier had 20 percent and Ms. Potter had 15 percent.

William C. Mulford II, an assistant state's attorney, held a 74 percent to 26 percent lead over Kenneth R. Sosnoski in the Republican primary for Annapolis' 6th District seat. The winner will face Democrat Melinda Hamilton in the general election.

Mr. Redmond's big money campaign, which spent $30,000 on his red and green signs promoting him as "the home-grown candidate," apparently paid off. He raised $93,221 as of two weeks ago, as opposed to $19,228 for Ms. Murphy.

Both candidates focused on overdevelopment along the Mountain Road corridor and the school crowding that results. They criticized the county's system of granting waivers to its adequate facilities ordinance, an issue Mr. Redmond said he would keep hammering in his attempt to unseat Mr. Holland.

The only other incumbent to have primary opposition, Linthicum Democrat George F. Bachman, was leading former Sheriff William R. Huggins by 63 percent to 25 percent. Charles E. Beatty, a part-time librarian at the Baltimore City Detention Center, drew 12 percent of the vote.

Mr. Bachman will face Republican Frank G. Phelps Jr., who was unopposed in the primary.

In West County's 4th District Democratic primary, Bill D. Burlinson, an Odenton attorney and former Missouri congressman, had 62 percent. Norman G. Myers Sr., a print shop owner from Gambrills, was in second with 21 percent and Robert H. McMurtrie, a Severn community leader, had 12 percent. Keith Green of Severn, who did not wage a campaign, received 5 percent.

The winner of that primary will face Republican Bert L. Rice, who was unopposed.

In two other council districts, the candidates from both parties had no primary opponent.

Diane Evans, the Republican incumbent in the 5th District, will face Democrat David DeAngelis in November.

In the 2nd District, Republican Arthur C. Emge will face Democrat James E. "Ed" Degrange.

In other contested races, Sheriff Robert G. Pepersack Sr. had a 53 percent to 47 percent lead over his challenger, John E. Moran IV. The winner will meet Democrat George Johnson IV in the general election.

Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for Clerk of Court to replace Mary M. Rose, who is running for the District 30 state Senate seat. In the Republican primary, Robert P. Duckworth led with 64 percent, Carroll Myers had 23 percent and James F. Salmon had 13 percent. In the Democratic primary, Janet S. Owens led with 70 percent, Rex S. Caldwell III had 19 percent and M. Kelly Bustard had 11 percent.

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