Bohorfoush enters 13th District contest

North Laurel Democrat seeks delegate seat

April 25, 2002|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Ada Bohorfoush's name isn't exactly a household word in Howard County, but the 39- year-old North Laurel woman's decision to run for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates means District 13 voters will see some competition among Democrats this summer.

Bohorfoush is the fourth person so far vying for one of three Democratic nominations in the newly redrawn southeastern county district, which means the Democrats will have a contested election Sept. 10. Two Republicans have announced for the three District 13 seats - Long Reach's Bob Adams and Clarksville's Mary Beth Tung.

With only one candidate from each party running for state Senate, no primary election contest is scheduled. Incumbent Republican Sen. Sandra B. Schrader expects to face County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, an east Columbia Democrat, in November.

Incumbent Del. Shane Pendergrass says she isn't surprised that there will be more than three Democrats running for the House of Delegates, and she expects more delegate candidates to file before the July 1 deadline.

"I have long expected it to be a contested primary. My gut tells me to expect somebody from the Anne Arundel County portion of the district because they may want representation from someone who lives in those neighborhoods," she said.

Pendergrass and fellow Democratic incumbent Frank S. Turner are both planning to run for re-election. Neil F. Quinter, president of the Columbia Democratic Club and a former Maryland assistant attorney general, is expected to announce for a seat next month.

Bohorfoush, a bank appraiser, grew up in College Park and is a former president of the Bowling Brook Farms Community Association. But she said she dropped out of local affairs in 1996, when she began attending law school at night.

Since graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2000, she's "looking for different ways to get involved in the community," she said. "I have just gotten to the point where public service might be one way to get things done."

Some goals could be accomplished as a community association activist, she said, but she wants to expand that.

Bohorfoush, a 13-year Howard resident, wants to focus on improving public school education, she said, noting that she taught school in Baltimore her first year after graduating from the University of Maryland. Though she has no children, she has several nieces in Howard schools.

"I'd like to see more teachers, smaller classes and enough teachers so they can fill in and have more planning time - time to be creative," she said.

Politically, she is a novice and has no hope nor desire, she said, to run against Pendergrass or Turner. She believes she has as good a chance as Quinter, a 39-year-old Kings Contrivance resident and father of three who last year served as chairman ofthe Howard County Council's redistricting committee.

Quinter, a Montgomery County native and six-year Howard resident, is a lawyer who specializes in telecom and technology issues, but he did not want to discuss campaign issues until he formally announces next month. Despite Quinter's party connections and her lack of money, Bohorfoush said, she would compensate with hard work.

"I plan to knock on a lot of doors," she said.

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