Sheriff Johnson heads for victory Likely GOP challenger, Mark Gillen, leads Ogle 2-to-1

Primary 1998

September 16, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Incumbent Anne Arundel County Sheriff George F. Johnson IV of Pasadena was on his way to trouncing challenger Thomas Gillen of Carvel Beach, with just under one-third of the county's 170 precincts reporting last night in the Democratic primary.

His likely Republican opponent in November will be Baltimore Deputy Sheriff Mark T. Gillen of Carvel Beach, who was leading by about 2-to-1 over computer database administrator J. Patrick Ogle of Annapolis. Ogle is the former undersheriff whose job Johnson abolished three years ago.

County elections officials said they expected a turnout of less than 30 percent of the 117,000 registered Democrats and 95,795 registered Republicans in the county.

"We've changed just about everything but the uniforms," Johnson said, describing his overhaul of an office that he said desperately needed change.

Mark Gillen said the office needs to be made smaller and advocated doing away with the drug and bomb dogs, and shrinking the fleet of vehicles. Ogle, who was second in command in the much criticized administration of Robert G. Pepersack Sr., has accused Johnson of "slipping backward."

In other courthouse races, Karl H. Gordon of Churchton and James F. Salmon of Davidsonville were vying for the Democratic nomination and the chance to try to unseat Clerk of Circuit Court Robert P. Duckworth of Crofton, a Republican, in November.

Some races drew no primary challenge.

Incumbent State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee of Crownsville, a Democrat, will face Republican lawyer Richard R. Trunnell of Crofton in November. Neither had primary opponents, and campaigned much.

Three circuit judges are virtually assured of winning in November, having had no opposition yesterday. They are Michael E. Loney of Arnold, Joseph P. Manck of Annapolis and incumbent Ronald A. Silkworth of Severna Park.

Candidates for the part-time position of Orphans' Court judge were Democrats Jayne Asher Astle, Judith L. Duckett, Callie M. Matthews and Robert P. Slaff, all of Annapolis; and Republicans Elaine Furth of Annapolis, Faith M. Loudon of Pasadena, Nancy Phelps of Linthicum, James J. Riley of Pasadena, Gail J. Schaffer of Crofton and David A. Tibbetts of Odenton.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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