Cale will face Rappaport for clerk of Circuit Court Primary 1998

September 16, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In the race for clerk of Howard County Circuit Court, Democratic challenger Leslie J. Cale defeated Matthew D. Rybczynski in yesterday's primary to advance to the general election against GOP incumbent Margaret D. Rappaport.

Rappaport's candidacy was unchallenged.

With 82 of 88 precincts reporting, Cale, 40, who has worked as a court reporter for more than 20 years, received 73.5 percent of the vote to 26.4 percent for Rybczynski, 27. Rybczynski, who works for his father's title-search company, operates a video production company and is an actor, raised $5,200 in the campaign, most of it from his father's company.

His father, Melvin Gary Rybczynski, was an attorney who was jailed and disbarred for making illegal photocopies at the Howard Circuit Court clerk's office in 1996. He underwrote his son's election campaign to try to replace the clerk who turned him in to police.

The clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for maintaining records of the court's proceedings -- from criminal trials to deeds and divorces.

In the race for register of wills, incumbent Kay K. Hartleb, a Republican completing her third fourth-year term, defeated Larry G. Fales, a risk analyst for the Maryland Housing Fund.

Democrat Patricia S. Gordon was unopposed.

Candidates for state's attorney, sheriff and judge of the orphans' court also were unopposed.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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