Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 12, 2006

Park Place signs first commercial tenant

SensorCom Inc., an engineering services and technology firm, has become the first commercial tenant for the $300 million Park Place project in downtown Annapolis, the developer said in a news release.

J. Jeremy Parks, vice president of Jerome J. Parks Cos., said Friday that several other companies are on the verge of finalizing leases at the 13-acre residential-retail-office enclave at Westgate Circle.

SensorCom, a contractor for military and aerospace companies as well as government agencies, will transfer its headquarters from its Annapolis office on Defense Highway to one of two planned office buildings, Parks said. The office space - totaling 250,000 square feet - is expected to open in December. SensorCom will lease 9,148 square feet.

Parks said he anticipates Parks Cos. to announce "a handful of retailers" this month.

Restaurateur enters House race

James King, a Gambrills resident who oversees three restaurants in the county, has announced that he will run as a Republican for a House of Delegates seat in District 33A.

King, 31, received the Outstanding Community Involvement with Law Enforcement award in 2003 from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton, according to a campaign news release. He attributed his receiving the award to donating food and other services for police funerals and building cooperation among police departments within the District of Columbia.

King said his priorities include education, managing growth, taxes and reducing bureaucracy for small business.

The district runs from Odenton to Severna Park and south through Davidsonville. Incumbents for District 33A are Republicans Tony McConkey and David G. Boschert, who is giving up his seat to run for Anne Arundel County executive.

Engineer makes bid for state Senate seat

Bryan Simonaire, a 20-year engineer with Northrop Grumman Corp., has announced that he will run as a Republican for the District 31 Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Philip C. Jimeno.

Simonaire, 42, said he will focus his campaign on eliminating partisan politics in Annapolis, especially on what he considers "the liberal ideas" emanating from the Senate. "Politics is more about the politicians and less about the people," he said.

The Pasadena resident went to Saudi Arabia in 2002 to support U.S. military operations and later helped in closing down of a U.S. military base there. He has also founded a program that collects Christmas toys for abused children in Anne Arundel County.

District 31 runs from Brooklyn Park along the Marley Neck peninsula to Gibson Island, and includes Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

Teacher running for House seat

Shirley May Little, an Anne Arundel County teacher for 32 years and a member of the board of directors on the county teachers union, has announced that she will run as a Democrat for a House of Delegates seat in District 30.

Little, 56, lost in a bid for a District 30 House seat in 2002. The Annapolis resident said her priorities include protecting the Chesapeake Bay, improving education and ensuring economic stability and growth.

A teacher at Annapolis High School, Little said she likely would retire to become a full-time legislator if elected.

District 30 extends along the western shore from Arnold to Galesville, and includes Annapolis. Incumbents include House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Virginia P. Clagett, both Democrats, and Herbert H. McMillan, a Republican.

CWA endorses sheriff for county executive

The Communication Workers of America has endorsed Anne Arundel County Sheriff George F. Johnson IV, a Democrat, for county executive.

"Sheriff Johnson has the knowledge, initiative and skills needed to guide Anne Arundel County as its chief executive," CWA said in a statement. The organization represents 15,000 members in Maryland.

Johnson is running in the primary against county recreation and parks director Dennis Callahan, who announced his campaign last month.

Phillip McGowan

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