Pierpont files first for governor

October 05, 2001|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

Ross Z. Pierpont, a hardy perennial of Maryland Republican politics, said yesterday that he has filed candidacy papers with the state election board to run for governor next year.

The 84-year-old Pierpont - the first candidate of any party to make his candidacy official - is a familiar name to longtime Maryland voters. He said he has run for office - governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative and mayor of Baltimore - about 15 times since 1964.

The Timonium resident has never won a general election, though he has won the Republican nomination on several occasions. Most recently, he was the Republican nominee for U.S. senator against Democratic incumbent Barbara A. Mikulski in 1998. He unsuccessfully sought the GOP nod to run against Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes last year.

As his running mate for the office of lieutenant governor, Pierpont has chosen Sidney J. Burns, an accountant from Montgomery County.

Pierpont, a physician, said a main theme of their campaign would be improving health care. He said he would propose a system that would save the state billions of dollars while providing "total health care and freedom of choice for everyone."

The filing comes as Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the first choice of most GOP leaders, is considering a run for governor.

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