Giannetti loses his seat

Busch fends off three

Anne Arundel Legislators

Maryland Votes 2006 -- A Special Section

November 08, 2006|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN REPORTER

State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. appeared lost for the second time this fall in one of the most hotly contested races in Anne Arundel County, with all precincts reporting last night.

Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch fought off three Republican newcomers in District 30; Del. Terry R. Gilleland Jr. was trailing in District 32; and Dels. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. and Tony McConkey were locked in nail-biters to hold on to their seats, with at least 15,000 absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots countywide had yet to be tallied.

Former Del. James C. Rosapepe was ahead of Giannetti in District 21, which includes western Anne Arundel and part of Prince George's counties. Giannetti lost to Rosapepe in the September Democratic primary, then switched his party affiliation to Republican.

"I'm pleased," Rosapepe said of his victory. "I attribute it to the people of the district wanting a state senator who stands up for working families."

In the District 21 House race, the three Democrats, who all hail from Prince George's County, held a wide lead.

In District 30, Busch and his fellow Democrats, incumbent Del. Virginia P. Clagett of West River and two-term County Council member Barbara D. Samorajczyk of Annapolis Roads, appeared to sweep the three House of Delegates seats representing the Broadneck Peninsula, Annapolis and south to Shady Side.

"Constituents will judge you on your body of work," Busch said.

For the district's Senate seat, three-term incumbent John C. Astle, a conservative Democrat, had a comfortable lead over first-term Republican Del. Herbert H. McMillan.

In House District 31, Steve Schuh of Gibson Island led, followed closely by incumbent Del. Joan Cadden, a three-term Democrat from Brooklyn Park and newcomer Nicholas Kipke of Pasadena. Dwyer was running fifth, but was trailing by 600 votes.

That district's contentious Senate race to replace retiring Philip C. Jimeno was close, with former Del. Walter Shandrowsky, a Pasadena Democrat, narrowly leading conservative Bryan Simonaire, a computer systems engineer from Pasadena.

In District 32, incumbent state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. of Glen Burnie was on track to defeat Jon Vandenheuvel of Severn, a former high-ranking congressional aide.

In the House, the three Democrats - incumbents Ted Sophocleus and Mary Ann Love and County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle - had pulled away. Gilleland was in fifth.

In District 33, a Republican stronghold representing Crownsville, Severna Park and Crofton down through most of South County, Republican Sen. Janet S. Greenip of Crofton was holding off Scott Hymes, of Crownsville.

McConkey and fellow Republican James King of Gambrills were leading in 33A. Patricia Weathersbee was within striking distance of McConkey. In District 33B, first-term Del. Bob Costa was leading Churchton environmentalist Mike Shay.

Sun Reporter Jamie Stiehm contributed to this article.

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