Bill would set 7th primary for March 5

January 17, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Glendening administration yesterday introduced emergency legislation in the General Assembly that would combine the special primary election to fill the 7th District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Kweisi Mfume with the state's regular March 5 primary.

The bills, cross-filed in each chamber, will be heard today by the Senate Economic and Environmental Matters Committee and the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee, with the hope that they will be sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening by the end of the week.

Under the legislation, the Democratic and Republican winners of the March 5 primary will face each other in a special general election April 16 to complete the last nine months of Mr. Mfume's term. Those winners also would be their parties' nominees in the Nov. 5 general election for the two-year congressional term that begins in January 1997.

The legislation sets a separate filing deadline for candidates wanting to run solely to complete Mr. Mfume's unexpired term. That deadline would be two days after the legislation becomes law.

The 25 Democratic and four Republican candidates who have filed for the two-year term would not be required to file again for the race to complete Mr. Mfume's unexpired term, under the proposal introduced yesterday.

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