GOP's Tung will run for House seat

Move avoids clash in County Council race

April 03, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Clarksville resident Mary Beth Tung has switched political gears to help the Republican Party by transferring from the Howard County Council race to the Maryland House of Delegates contest in the redrawn District 13, covering southern and eastern Howard.

With the move, Tung, a patent agent and two-year Howard resident, will avoid a primary election clash with Planning Board Chairwoman Joan Lancos, another Republican seeking the District 4 County Council seat.

Tung will join a Republican legislative ticket headed by state Sen. Sandra B. Schrader, who Tung said first approached her about switching. Party officials also talked with her, she said.

"This will clear the way for Joan Lancos," Tung said yesterday. If no other Republican files for the District 4 County Council seat, Lancos will face an uphill battle in a predominantly Democratic west Columbia district in November.

Tung's neighborhood was recently included in the newly redrawn District 13 adopted by the General Assembly. The district is represented by Democratic Dels. Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner, and by John A. Giannetti Jr. of Laurel, who would be in a new Prince George's County-based District 21.

Long Reach resident Bob Adams, another Republican, also plans to run for a District 13 House of Delegates seat. County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, an east Columbia Democrat, is expected to run for a state Senate seat, while Columbia Democratic Club President Neil Quinter is expected to fill out the Democratic ticket.

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