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Conaway aims for comeback Ex-state legislator starts anew as clerk of city Circuit Court

November 08, 1998|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Conaway said he never filed to run for sheriff in 1990. Instead he decided to run for the 40th District House of Delegates seat -- a bid he lost in the Democratic primary.

So eager was Conaway to get back into office that after he won the Democratic primary in September (no one in the GOP ran for the seat), he asked the Baltimore judges to let him start work. His request was denied, but a second request was granted. The judges decided to let him start work the day after the general election, a full month before his official swearing in Dec. 1.

Conaway said the office has been adrift since the death of former Clerk Saundra E. Banks in August 1997.

"It's been a ship that's been without a captain for over a year," Conaway said.

Asked about his comeback, Conaway compared himself to Washington Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr., who was sent to prison on drug charges and was later re-elected mayor.

"People do come back, you know," Conaway said. "It can happen. Some people will kick you when you're down. Others will pick you up, dust you off and throw you back into the fight."

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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