Sauerbrey, Glendenning to vie for governor PRIMARY 1994

September 14, 1994|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Rafael Alvarez and Douglas Birch contributed to this article.

Dark horse Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey won the Republican gubernatorial nomination yesterday, trouncing Rep. Helen Delich Bentley throughout Maryland while Democrats handed an overwhelming victory to Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening.

The turnout appeared to be somewhat above 35 percent overall.

Mrs. Sauerbrey, who billed herself as the truest Republican in the race and who called Mrs. Bentley a tool of Democratic Gov. William Donald Schaefer, rode to triumph on calls for deep tax cuts and tough criminal sanctions.

She and her running mate, former Howard County police chief Paul Rappaport, received 52 percent of the vote, winning in all but two counties and Baltimore City.

"I think I offer a very clear choice, a strong fiscal conservative vs. a spender. With me, people will be able to keep dollars in their pockets," Mrs. Sauerbrey said last night.

Looking forward to his ticket's encounter Nov. 8 with Mrs. Sauerbrey, Mr. Glendening said: "We won't change our tactics at all. As a practical matter, we don't run against anyone. We got two-thirds of the vote tonight in a four-way race."

Running for lieutenant governor with Mr. Glendening is former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

In the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, former Tennessee Sen. Bill Brock outdistanced Montgomery County developer +V Ruthann Aron. He will meet the three-term incumbent, Paul S. Sarbanes, who faced only token opposition in the Democratic race.

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. turned back challengers Eleanor M. Carey, a former deputy state attorney general, and Patrick J. Smith, a Rockville attorney, in the Democratic primary.

Richard D. Bennett, a former U.S. attorney for Maryland, was unopposed for the GOP nomination.

Seeking a 10th term as Maryland's chief tax collector, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein defeated James B. Moorhead. The Montgomery County lawyer's negative campaigning only nicked Mr. Goldstein, 81, who has become an immovable fixture in Maryland politics.

In an upset, Republicans nominated Timothy R. Mayberry, 38, a banking consultant from Boonsboro in Washington County.

In one of the state's two most closely watched congressional races, Republican Del. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will oppose Democratic Del. Gerry L. Brewster for the 2nd District seat. Mr. Brewster held off a strong challenge from Del. Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis.

The contest between Mr. Ehrlich, the Republican, and Mr. Brewster, the Democrat, will put a new generation into the seat held by Mrs. Bentley, 70. Both lawyers are 35-year-old graduates of the Gilman School and Princeton University.

In the 6th, first-term incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett won the Republican primary. Former state Del. Paul D. Muldowney beat Stephen Crawford, Galen R. Clagett and Neil S. Dhillon for the Democratic nomination to represent the Western and Central Maryland district.

In area races for county executive, Democrat C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III easily won the right to face Republican incumbent Roger B. Hayden.

In Anne Arundel County, Del. Theodore Sophocleus decisively took the Democratic nomination and will face Republican John Gary, who was unopposed.

In Howard County, Democrat Susan B. Gray beat Sue-Ellen Hantman for the right to oppose incumbent Republican Charles I. Ecker, who had no competition.

Last GOP governor in '68

In the race for the gubernatorial nomination, Democrats chose among four candidates in their determination to retain the post they have held since Republican Spiro T. Agnew left the office in 1968 to become vice president. Republicans have not made a strong race for the office since Mr. Agnew's 1966 victory.

Opponents of Mr. Glendening battled a number of problems while his financial and organizational strength helped him build momentum throughout the campaign.

Lt. Gov. Melvin A. "Mickey" Steinberg, who had been viewed as the front-runner as recently as February, quickly lost that status. Baltimore state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski and Montgomery County state Sen. Mary H. Boergers ran creditable campaigns but emerged with nothing more than honorable mention.

The polls opened for Mr. Glendening yesterday with the prospect of a clear victory in a race that, a year ago, had promised to be much closer.

The Prince George's executive carried endorsements from major newspapers and from an array of unions. His affiliation with the Maryland Association of Counties, which he served in various posts, also appeared to aid his organization. The $3.2 million he raised was a historic high for a Maryland primary, easily outpacing his rivals.

In the Senate races, Mr. Sarbanes ran TV ads calmly describing his Maryland roots, while his would-be Republican foes waged a nasty battle for their party's nomination.

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