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Election 2002

September 06, 2002

WITH SEVERAL nominations decided by default, voters in the two predominantly Harford County state legislative districts have few choices in the Sept. 10 primary.

District 35A: No Democratic primary.

In the GOP race, incumbents Barry Glassman of Churchville and Joanne S. Parrott of Fallston are being challenged by David W. Shrodes of Pylesville, chairman of the Harford County Liquor Control Board. All three have long careers of public service. But Mr. Shrodes has accepted contributions from people with ties to the liquor board, from other board members and from a lawyer who frequently represents licensees. So Mr. Glassman and Ms. Parrott get the nod.

District 35B: This is the most vigorously contested of Harford's House races.

In the Democratic primary, Bel Air Town Commissioner David E. Carey offers local government experience not possessed by opponent Charles F. Wagner of Bel Air.

Republican Bel Air Town Commissioner Susan K. McComas has more local government experience than Mr. Carey and certainly more than the other GOP contenders, Francis J. Eurice and Robert E. Shaffner.

The Senate race in District 35, the North Harford area, will also be decided in the Republican primary. Incumbent J. Robert Hooper of Street, a former county councilman, has accomplished little in Annapolis and is being challenged from within his party by Kenneth E. Unitas, a retired police officer and son of football legend Johnny Unitas, and Anthony M. DiPietro Jr., who represented Baltimore in the House of Delegates from 1979 to 1995. Mr. DiPietro, who changed parties since his days as a Democrat in Annapolis, has the experience and understanding of how things work in Annapolis to make him the best alternative to Mr. Hooper.

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