Republican F. Vernon Boozer of Towson may yet have to fight for another term in the state Senate seat he has held since 1981.
John C. Head, the on-again off-again, non-campaigning Democratic state Senate candidate in the 9th District, has dropped out of the race.
This will give the State Central Committee an opportunity to appoint a candidate who will take on Senator Boozer in the Nov. 8 general election.
Mr. Head filed as the Democratic nominee at the deadline in July. The next day he said he would withdraw for medical reasons.
However, he did not withdraw and later said his physician had given him the go-ahead. But at the same time, Mr. Head said he had in formed the Central Committee that he would not campaign and was prepared to "concede" the seat to Senator Boozer.
Mr. Boozer, a Towson lawyer, and Mr. Head, a Better Business Bureau employee, were unopposed in their respective primaries Tuesday.
With the primary over, Mr. Head said yesterday that he had notified the elections board that he is withdrawing and is awaiting the forms to formalize the action.
Mr. Head cited health reasons and a commitment to church-related volunteer activities as reasons for withdrawing from the race.
The new 9th District Democratic State Central Committee which was elected Tuesday will be able to appoint a candidate to oppose Senator Boozer once the official vote canvass is completed Sept. 30 and the result is certified, Doris J. Suter, administrator of the county elections board, said yesterday.
John J. Appel Jr., a Towson lawyer who was re-elected to another term on the 9th District Central Committee, said he expects the new committee to meet as soon as possible to search for "a viable candidate" it can recommend to the countywide Central Committee.