Sauerbrey picks conservative activist to head campaign in Montgomery Co. CAMPAIGN 1998

January 29, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey has tapped Alvin Williams, a conservative political activist, to head her campaign in Montgomery County.

Williams will serve as a volunteer in the campaign while %o continuing to run Black America's Political Action Committee, a group that backs conservative candidates, most of them African-American.

He replaces Allen Prettyman, who resigned Dec. 1 because of disputes with the political professional brought in to run Sauerbrey's campaign statewide.

"We are indeed fortunate to have a person of Mr. Williams' caliber as our chief political operative in Montgomery County," Sauerbrey said. "He brings a wealth of campaign experience to our organization."

Williams, 32 and a Silver Spring resident, has worked for the Republican National Committee, the 1988 presidential campaign of George Bush and the 1992 U.S. Senate campaign of Marylander Alan M. Keyes.

For Sauerbrey, he will coordinate volunteer activities in the state's most populous county, arranging, for example, to have workers in place in each Montgomery precinct.

He said yesterday he was a Sauerbrey supporter in 1994, drawn in part by her call for a 24 percent cut in state income taxes.

"I thought she had passion," Williams said. "She really put her hand on an important issue in reducing taxes."

Prettyman, in giving up the position last fall, cited personal and philosophical differences with Sauerbrey campaign manager David Albert.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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