Howard council's two Democrats seek re-election

November 06, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Columbia Democrats C. Vernon Gray and Mary C. Lorsung announced last night they would seek re-election to the Howard County Council, giving their party its best shot at regaining some of the power lost in recent elections to the GOP.

The decision pleased Democratic leaders, who have a secure base in the battle to wrest control of the five-member council from Republicans. None of the three GOP councilmen plan to run for re-election.

"Makes me sleep pretty good," said Howard Democratic Chairwoman Carole Fisher.

Gray, who had considered running for county executive, announced his decision at a fund-raising gala commemorating his 15 years in office.

Several hundred supporters attended the event, which cost $75 a person, at the Spear Center in the Rouse Co. headquarters in Columbia.

Meanwhile, Lorsung revealed her decision to those who asked yesterday -- the day after she met with a group of close advisers who urged her to run.

"I'm going to run," she said as an hour-long, multimedia show highlighting Gray's career unfolded at the front of the room.

A few minutes later, Gray told the crowd similar news. After seriously weighing a bid for county executive, he decided "I could best serve as a councilman for another four years."

Democrats are without a candidate for county executive.

Police Chief James N. Robey, the man whom many party leaders hope will run, was also at Gray's event last night, meeting and greeting even though he remains undecided on whether to become a candidate.

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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