But Mr. Wagner, 52, a Ferndale caterer, said that his father "told ++ me never to debate a trial lawyer . . . In his case, I might make an exception."
The 32nd District includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie, Severn and Maryland City.
Mr. Wagner leads a slate of Democrats in the district. The Partnership for Progress ticket of two incumbents and a newcomer swept their primary. They are: Crownsville resident Mary Ann Love, 55, who received 32 percent; incumbent Victor A. Sulin, 52, of Severn, who received 29 percent; and Old Mill Community Association President Thomas H. Dixon III, 45, a 20-year state employee who received 26 percent of the vote.
A fourth Democratic candidate, Rick L. Ramer, 41, a skilled laborer from Millersville, got 12 percent.
At press time, 100 of 155 precincts in the county had reported.
Two of three members of a slate of three Republicans running as Citizens Serving Citizens won November ballot positions: Pasadena resident James E. Rzepkowski, 23, an insurance office manager, with 26 percent; and Gerald P. Starr, 53, a Linthicum real estate agent, with 21 percent. Edward J. Priola, 40, of Hanover, who campaigned with an inflatable dinosaur, took 21 percent of the vote and failed to win a place on the ticket.
Instead, Michael W. Burns, 36, of Glen Burnie, who has worked in alumni development at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will be on the November ballot on the strength of his 23 percent of the vote.
Edward J. Terech, 53, of Laurel, a self-employed sales consultant, had 9 percent of the vote.
In District 31, which includes Brooklyn Park, part of Severna Park and Pasadena, school activist Nancy M. Schrum, 39, of Pasadena won with 54 percent of the vote over retired developer Joseph "Jack" Feehley, 65, also of Pasadena, who received 46 percent in the GOP primary.
The winner will run in the general election against incumbent Philip C. Jimeno, 47, a Brooklyn Park Democrat completing his 16th year in the legislature.
In the District 31 delegates race, seven Republicans and five Democrats were running.
In the Republican primary, former Del. John R. Leopold, 51, took 25 percent, followed by Victoria Schade, 23, a legislative assistant to two Baltimore County delegates, with 17 percent, and Doug Arnold, 26, who works for the clerk of the court, with 14 percent.
Others running were Brian Brooks, 37, a corporate planner, 13 percent; James J. Riley, 58, a retired teacher, 12 percent; David Blanch, 57, a real estate investor who owns a small accounting business, 10 percent; and John F. McGahagan III, 40, a Chesapeake High School math teacher, 8 percent. All live in Pasadena.
Democratic voters sought to return the incumbent delegates to Annapolis in District 31. Winners are Joan Cadden, 53, of Brooklyn Park, 30 percent; W. Ray Huff, 59, of Pasadena, 25 percent; and Charles W. "Stokes" Kolodziejski, 66, of Carvell Beach, 24 percent.
Mr. Jimeno, who leads the United 31st ticket, said the group will meet tomorrow morning.
Defeated candidates were former county Council of PTAs President Carolyn Roeding, 45, of Pasadena, 15 percent, and Peter Cooper, 77, of Glen Burnie, 7 percent.