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CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

October 16, 1994

Executive candidates to meet with artists

The candidates for county executive will meet the arts community during an Oct. 24 forum sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County Inc.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Conversation Room, Key Auditorium, St. John's College, Annapolis. Cultural arts issues will be debated.

& Information: 222-7949.

Maryland workers endorse Sophocleus

Democrat Theodore J. Sophocleus has received the endorsement of the Maryland Classified Employees Association in his campaign for county executive.

The union represents 24,000 active and retired government employees.

Former MCEA president Joe Dan Lehman, a member of the group's endorsement committee, said the union's leadership likes the management experience of Mr. Sophocleus, a pharmacist and former corporate manager for two drug store chains.

Mr. Lehman criticized Republican candidate John G. Gary for lacking experience with the county government, suggesting that the Republican would have to resort to property and income tax increases to pay for county services.

Mr. Gary, a state delegate for 12 years, has charged that Mr. Sophocleus would have to raise the county income tax to pay for the campaign pledges made to the unions that have backed his candidacy. Mr. Sophocleus was a county councilman for eight years and was appointed to a vacant state delegate's seat in 1993.

During the past week, Mr. Sophocleus has counter-attacked, charging that Mr. Gary's budget "blueprint" unrealistically promises to hire 40 teachers, 20 police officers, 10 firefighters and other new employees every year. The blueprint also includes annual pay raises of 2 percent to 4 percent for county workers.

"Mr. Gary has never demonstrated the level of administrative ability or the knowledge of local government apparatus to keep the promises he has made," Mr. Lehman said.

Democratic Club makes endorsements

When the Severna Park Democratic Club announced its endorsements of Democratic candidates last week, some Democrats were omitted.

For U.S. House of Representatives, the club did not endorse Ralph Geis in the 1st District, which includes most of Severna Park. The state party has criticized Mr. Geis for being too conservative on social issues, such as abortion.

In the District 33 House of Delegates race, the club did not endorse Crofton attorney and Democrat Michael Canning for one of three delegate seats.

Club president Ed Doyas said club members were uncomfortable with Mr. Canning because he moved to the district only within the past two years.

Pasadena council to meet the candidates

The Greater Pasadena Council will hold a Meet the Candidates night at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake High School.

Candidates running for county executive, sheriff and the District 31 Senate and House of Delegates seats have been invited.

D8 For more information, call Frank Halgas at 437-2661.

Jimeno fund-raiser set for Oct. 30

Citizens for Phil Jimeno will have its annual fund-raiser from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road.

The incumbent state senator represents District 31, which includes Brooklyn Park, Riviera Beach and Gibson Island.

Tickets are $25 for a hot and cold buffet.

Information:437-3530.

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