Campaign Digest

September 26, 1998|By From staff reports

Epstein officially wins the GOP nomination for state 0) comptroller

State election officials officially declared Owings Mills accountant Larry M. Epstein the winner of the Republican

primary for comptroller yesterday.

In the closest statewide election in years, Epstein defeated Timothy R. Mayberry, his closest competitor in the field of six, by eight votes. Epstein drew 23.368 percent of the nearly 182,000 votes cast, compared to 23.363 percent for Mayberry.

Epstein, the party's 1990 nominee for comptroller, emerged Wednesday as the apparent winner by seven votes in unofficial results. When the last of the official results were received yesterday, Epstein picked up one more vote in Howard County.

Education panel choices to come after Nov. election

Overdue appointments to the Maryland State Board of Education will have to wait until after the November election because Gov. Parris N. Glendening does not want them to appear politically motivated, a spokesman for the governor said.

New board members were to have been named by July 1 to

replace former board president Rose LaPlaca and Edmonia Yates, who have served eight years and cannot be reappointed. By law, they must continue to serve on the 12-member board until they are replaced.

No explanation was given for the delay to this point, but now "there is a concern that the appointments might be interpreted as a political gesture, rather than [choosing] the best person for the job," said Donald Vandry, a Glendening spokesman.

Pub Date: 9/26/98

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