Campaign Digest

September 23, 1998|By From staff reports

Winner may emerge today in GOP primary for state 0) comptroller

After more than a week in which votes were counted and recounted, a winner may emerge today in the tight race for the Republican nomination for state comptroller.

Larry M. Epstein, an Owings Mills accountant who was the party's 1990 nominee, held a 12-vote lead yesterday over Timothy R. Mayberry, according to figures provided by state and county election officials. Mayberry, the GOP nominee four years ago, had trailed by five votes after election-day and absentee ballots were counted. But adjustments made yesterday after tallies were reviewed in Prince George's, Baltimore and Harford counties cost Mayberry an additional seven votes in the race.

State election officials were hoping to receive the last of the double-checked, official results from county election boards today. The winner of the Republican primary will move to the general election and face former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who easily won the Democratic nomination.

Quayle attends Sauerbrey's fund-raiser in Annapolis

Former Vice President Dan Quayle journeyed to Maryland's capital last night to help Ellen R. Sauerbrey raise $75,000 in her quest to move into the governor's mansion.

More than 200 donors paid $125 apiece to nibble hors d'oeuvres at Loews Annapolis Hotel, and many stood in line to spend $500 to have their photographs taken with Quayle and Sauerbrey. "She's a woman of tremendous courage," Quayle said. "She'll look you in the eye and tell you what she's going to do, and then she'll do it."

While the two posed for photographs, a dozen environmental activists protested outside the hotel, including one dressed as a sick fish. The protesters said Sauerbrey had voted against most environmental programs.

450 Democrats attend event honoring Taylor

More than 450 Democrats rallied last night at Martin's West in Woodlawn in honor of House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., who '' urged them to unite to preserve the party's tradition of progressive government in Maryland.

A constellation of Democratic speakers hailed Taylor and also urged a strong team effort in the November general election. They included Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and William Donald Schaefer, former governor and candidate for state comptroller.

Organizers said the event, which was a fund-raiser for Taylor, raised about $125,000. Tickets were $250 each.

Schoenke leads effort to oust 4 Montgomery Co. delegates

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ray Schoenke is heading a campaign to oust four Republican state lawmakers who represent northern Montgomery County.

Schoenke announced yesterday that he would use mailings and phone banks to inform voters about the poor attendance records of Dels. Mathew J. Mossburg, Richard La Vay and Barrie S. Ciliberti and the ineffectiveness of Del. Patricia A. Faulkner.

He said the delegates acted contrary to the wishes of their constituents, specifically by voting against anti-smoking legislation and a bill aimed at the voluntary cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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