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Campaign Digest

October 18, 1998

Absentee ballot deadline for applications is Oct. 27

Voters who will be out of town on election day, Nov. 3, or have disabilities that will keep them from getting to polling places have until Oct. 27 to apply for an absentee ballot, the county Board of Elections has announced.

Voters can apply in person at the elections office, 7320 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, or call 410-222-6600.

Police sergeants association endorses Gary for executive

The Anne Arundel County Police Sergeants Association has endorsed incumbent County Executive John G. Gary, a Republican, in his race against Democratic challenger Janet Owens.

Although both candidates "seem to support public safety," Gary has "proven his support" with "innovative programs, better equipment and additional officers," the organization said in a news release. The association represents 76 sergeants.

President William Collier acknowledged in a letter to Gary that the "nature of our employer/employee relationship will often cause us to have differences," but said the money he has provided in the police budget has "helped to enhance the safety of our citizens and officers."

Candidates for executive, council to appear at forum

Democratic county executive candidate Janet Owens and incumbent Republican John G. Gary are to appear, along with County Council candidates, at a forum from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. TTC Oct. 29 in Pascal Performing Arts Center at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

The forum is sponsored by the college's Center for the Study of Local Issues, the Greater Severna Park and Greater Annapolis chambers of commerce and the Anne Arundel Trade Council.

A two-member panel chosen from business groups and media will ask three questions of each County Council candidate, and the candidates will be allowed to make closing statements limited to 90 seconds.

The executive candidates will be given two minutes each for opening statements and respond to questions from the panelists. They also will be expected to respond to written, screened questions from the audience, allowed to ask one question of each other and given two minutes for closing statements.

Janet Owens' campaign will sponsor reception

The campaign organization of Democratic county executive candidate Janet Owens is sponsoring a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday at Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.

L Owens is trying to unseat incumbent Republican John G. Gary.

Tickets are $30.

* Information: 410-553-0956.

Weathersbee organization holding fund-raiser

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee's campaign organizers have scheduled a cocktail party fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Tickets are $50.

Weathersbee, a Democrat who was appointed in 1988 to fill the (( unexpired term of Warren B. Duckett Jr., is seeking his third full term.

He is opposed by Republican Richard Trunnell, a Crofton lawyer and former assistant state's attorney in Prince George's County, in the Nov. 3 general election.

Two business groups back Del. Leopold for re-election

The National Federation of Independent Businesses in Maryland and the Maryland Business-Industry Political Action Committee have endorsed Del. John R. Leopold in his re-election campaign in District 31.

The federation, a small-business advocacy group based in Bethesda, endorsed Leopold because of his "excellent record on small business issues over the past four years," wrote Jim Goeden, the organization's state director of government relations.

The group said Leopold had voted its way 78 percent of the time. The political action committee, an arm of Maryland Business for Responsible Government, said he voted its way 70 percent of the time.

Leopold is one of three Republican candidates for the House of Delegates in the district, which comprises much of Brooklyn Park and Pasadena. The other candidates are incumbent Victoria L. Schade and Robert Schaeffer, a Severna Park anti-tax advocate. The Democratic candidates are incumbent Joan Cadden, environmental activist Mary Rosso and assistant county prosecutor Thomas J. Fleckenstein.

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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