Flanagan, Kittleman retain nominations Incumbent delegates seeking re-election

Primary 1998

September 16, 1998|By Edward Lee and Jamal E. Watson | Edward Lee and Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF

Primary battles for three Howard County seats in the Maryland House of Delegates ended with the close of the polls last night.

In District 13A, Michael Grasso and Hans K. Meeder defeated Charles Fiege in the Republican primary for the right to challenge Democratic incumbents Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner in November.

In District 13B, John A. Giannetti Jr. defeated George J. Kapanoske for the Democratic nomination and will face Del. John S. Morgan, a Republican.

In District 14B, Republican John B. Clark was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat incumbents Robert L. Flanagan and Robert H. Kittleman.

"I consider it [the election results] an approval of the Kittleman-Flanagan record in the last four years," Flanagan said. "We've challenged Governor Glendening where he needed to be challenged, and we've offered constructive alternatives to the Glendening big-spending approach to government."

William C. Woodcock Jr., president of the Young Democrats of Howard County, is the party's sole candidate in that district.

In 1994, Grasso fell 730 votes short for the District 13A seat, which includes east Columbia and North Laurel. This year, Grasso, the 38-year-old president of a biomedical computing firm, has campaigned to tighten the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. Meeder, who turned 37 last Wednesday, has lived in Columbia since 1990 and served as a legislative aide for former U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and U.S. Sen. Connie Mack. An educational policy consultant, Meeder has made family literacy his No. 1 priority.

Fiege, a professional financial analyst for the Travelers Group and a Columbia resident for 18 years, also ran in 1994. Fiege said he was fighting for a "better, cheaper government."

In District 13B, which includes North Laurel and Laurel in Prince George's County, Democrat Giannetti is running on a platform to protect schools and businesses in Laurel.

An eight-year resident of the city and a member of the Board of Appeals, Giannetti lost four years ago to Morgan. Giannetti, 34, is a general practice attorney.

Kapanoske, a union representative with the Office and Professional Employees Local 2 who lives in Laurel and is a member of the Prince George's County Democratic Party executive committee, did not return a phone request for an interview.

In the race in District 14B, which includes southern Howard and northern Montgomery, Clark promised to try to restore integrity and ethics to the General Assembly.

A 66-year-old independent insurance broker who has lived in Mount Airy for seven years, Clark also ran unsuccessfully in 1994.

He faced formidable competition in Flanagan and Kittleman. An attorney and five-year resident of Ellicott City, Flanagan has been a delegate since 1987 and is House whip.

Kittleman, who raises beef cattle on his farm in West Friendship, has served in the House since 1983 and is House minority leader.

Both incumbents said they have campaigned on the need for a two-party system in the state.

"I voted for Kittleman because he was the most visible," said Tricia Potts, 53, a teacher who moved to Ellicott City five years ago. "He shows up in the community, he has a presence here. That was important to me," she added.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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