Rappaport to seek fourth term as clerk

No one has committed to run against her


Longtime Howard County Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport is seeking a fourth term of office.

Rappaport, 66, a Republican first elected to the courthouse post in 1990, filed the necessary paperwork with the Howard County Elections Board on Friday.

She said her office recently received a recent "perfect audit" of finances and added she wants to continue to run the 40-person office, which is projected to bring in more than $40 million in revenue this fiscal year, "efficiently and economically."

After nearly 12 years in the office, she said, there are still "things I want to accomplish."

Among them, she said, is the possibility of implementing an "e-filing" system, which would allow lawyers and others to electronically file their lawsuits and paperwork, reducing the amount of paper the clerk's office handles.

Who will oppose Rappaport was unclear last week. No Democrat has filed, but Rappaport's Democratic opponent in the 1994 and 1998 elections, Leslie Cale, who is court reporter for Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley, said she is "definitely considering" a run for the post.

Wendy Fiedler, chairwoman of the Howard County Democratic Party, said Friday that while no one has committed to a run against Rappaport, she expects that the party will field candidates for the clerk and the register of wills offices - two courthouse venues with Republican incumbents.

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