Rudolph is likely to be chosen for school board Retiree's appointment expected within a week

June 25, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Paul G. Rudolph, the popular choice of the School Board Nominating Convention, is likely to be appointed to the eight-member Anne Arundel County school board within a week.

Rudolph, 63, is seeking to represent Legislative District 33, which includes Severna Park, Davidsonville and Crofton.

County Executive John G. Gary has thrown his support behind the Severna Park retiree in a letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Neither that support nor the opinion of the nominating convention are binding on the governor, but Glendening has pledged to go with one of the top vote-getters from the convention.

"I think he [Rudolph] will get beyond the micromanaging," Gary said. "There is no question that [he] is a very qualified person."

Gary has criticized the board for indecision, poor decisions and poor oversight, especially on issues involving redistricting, construction and planning.

The Republican executive pointed to Rudolph's background as a Westinghouse engineer and project manager as assets to the diverse board.

A spokesman for the Glendening administration said an appointment to the five-year term is likely in the next week. Maureen Carr York's tenure ends July 1, but if no appointment is made by then, she is expected to stay on until a replacement is named.

Rudolph received 75 votes from convention delegates in May, while Doman O. McArthur had 40 votes. Zoe B. Draughon trailed with 11.

Rudolph is married and the father of two children who are graduates of county high schools.

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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