With districts set, dozens vie for Assembly

Republican McMillan files to run in District 30

Senator Jimeno unchallenged

Neall faces opposition in November primary

Anne Arundel

July 12, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

With Maryland's legislative districts map finally set by the state Court of Appeals, dozens of political incumbents and first-time candidates have filed in hopes of winning a seat in the General Assembly.

Among the candidates are former Annapolis Alderman Herbert H. McMillan, who lost his bid to be that city's mayor last year, as well as former school board candidates Jim Snider of Severna Park and Terry R. Gilleland Jr. of Linthicum.

McMillan, a Republican who was defeated at the polls by Democrat Ellen O. Moyer last fall, has filed to run in the District 30 House of Delegates race, which is represented by Democratic Dels. Michael E. Busch, Virginia P. Clagett and Dick D'Amato, all of whom have filed to run for re-election.

FOR THE RECORD - An article about legislative candidates that appeared in Friday's Anne Arundel edition of The Sun incorrectly reported an election type and a candidate's statement. State Sen. Robert R. Neall, a Democrat, will face Del. Janet Greenip, a Republican, in the November general election for his Senate seat. Also, some political observers have said House of Delegates candidate Jim Snider hopes to capitalize on public outrage over his being passed over for a school board seat, but Snider never said he wanted to do so.

Gilleland and Snider were snubbed when Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed Konrad M. Wayson, a friend of County Executive Janet S. Owens, to the school board.

Snider, a Democrat who works for a Washington think tank, and Gilleland, who heads the county's Republican Central Committee, have said they hope to capitalize on public outrage over the move to win seats - Snider, representing District 33A, is running for a delegate seat, and Gilleland is seeking a Senate seat in District 32.

County elected officials were pleased when the Court of Appeals threw out a redistricting map proposed by Glendening and endorsed by the General Assembly.

The governor's map created districts that spilled over into neighboring jurisdictions. The court's map created six districts, all but one of them wholly contained within county boundaries.

State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Democrat from Brooklyn Park, is unchallenged in the Sept. 10 primary election and Nov. 5 general election. Local Republican officials have until July 23 to field a candidate.

"We are still geared up to work," said Jimeno, who represents District 31. "We have all the pins and bumper stickers we need."

Jimeno said he was surprised to learn that Gilleland, 25, an account manager for an educational testing company, had decided to challenge state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., a Glen Burnie Democrat who headed the county's Senate delegation in the last legislative session.

DeGrange served on the Anne Arundel County Council from 1994 to 1998. A homebuilder, he also co-managed his family's Glen Burnie lumber company until it was sold in 1995. DeGrange defeated state Sen. C. Edward Middlebrooks in the 1998 general election.

"Still, Terry is a bright young man," Jimeno said.

Del. Janet Greenip, a Republican from Crofton, has filed to challenge Sen. Robert R. Neall in the November primary election in District 33. Neall, a former county executive, was appointed to the Senate after Sen. John A. Cade died in 1996.

Greenip, a former educator, said recently that she decided to run for the Senate seat because she hopes to help craft standardized testing to replace the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. She said Neall's switch from Republican to Democrat in 1999 and his recent decision to contact a court official regarding redistricting have made him vulnerable.

"I could provide the consistency that he may or may not provide," Greenip said.

Neall, who was seen as a potential candidate for governor in 1994, said Tuesday that his record as one of the Senate's fiscal and budgetary leaders will stand up to Greenip's criticism. "Folks will have a chance to compare our records," he said.

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