Grasso elects to try again for General Assembly seat Republican candidate came up short in '94 bid


Michael Grasso, a North Laurel Republican who fell about 730 votes short of winning a seat in the General Assembly in 1994, today formally announces he's trying again.

The 38-year-old medical software developer is mounting his second bid to challenge Democrats Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner in the two-delegate district that includes east Columbia and much of southern Howard.

Like many other candidates in this region, Grasso is running on a managed-growth platform, which is just about the only platform many residents in southern Howard will accept.

"I've been working for responsible development just as a citizen for the past 10 years," he said.

Grasso said he feels he has a chance to unseat Pendergrass or Turner, even though he lost in what was considered a Republican year in 1994.

"That was a unique year, but Republicans win in this area," Grasso said, referring to the southern Howard victories of state Sen. Martin G. Madden and County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader in 1994. "In the last four years, you've got 5,000 new voters, and I think the trend is for people to vote along more conservative lines."

The candidate said it will also help that there is no independent candidate siphoning away votes, as there was in 1994, and that he is running with a very active campaigner, Republican Hans K. Meeder. Madden's popularity in the district could also prove helpful.

"The candidates in District 13 are all helping each other out," Grasso said.

Pub Date: 7/26/98

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