Sauerbrey launches bid for governor

May 21, 1997


Staff Writer

Ellen Sauerbrey, a Republican who lost to Gov. Parris Glendening in the 1994 election by fewer than 6,000 votes, announced Tuesday morning that she will seek Maryland's highest office in the 1998 election.

Sauerbrey, a former House of Delegates minority leader, kicked off a statewide five-stop tour by announcing her candidacy at Richardson's Restaurant in Hagerstown before about 70 people.

Sauerbrey told the gathering that she wants to help Marylanders be the best that they can be.

"We Marylanders are blessed," Sauerbrey said. "Our lives should be rich with opportunities. I'm ready to announce my candidacy to be the next governor of Maryland.


"We can do it and we will do it."

Among her supporters present were Maryland Del. Paul Stull, R-Frederick, State Sen. Don Munson, R-Washington, and Bob Bruchey, who was a mayoral candidate in Hagerstown's city election Tuesday.

Ken and Phyllis Fehlauer of Hagerstown arrived at Richardson's Restaurant to lend their support.

"Fortunately, we're Republicans," Ken Fehlauer said. "We voted for her last time, but maybe this time we just have to work harder and get it cranking. We like her."

Sauerbrey was surrounded at the podium by 17 black and yellow campaign signs, the Maryland and United States flags and a large yellow sign with her campaign slogan that read, "Ellen Sauerbrey '98, She Brings Out the Best in Maryland."

Sauerbrey started her announcement with a message to those involved in Hagerstown's municipal election.

"It is great to start this campaign in Hagerstown," Sauerbrey said. "I want to wish our Republican candidates in (Tuesday's) election Godspeed. Nothing is more important than local government."

As the underdog in the 1994 gubernatorial Republican primary, Sauerbrey, 59, won the GOP nomination with 54 percent of the vote. She lost to Glendening by 5,993 votes in the general election. She received 20,598 votes in Washington County.

After the election, Sauerbrey launched an unsuccessful legal challenge of the election, and has been campaigning ever since.

Glendening spokesman Ray Feldmann said that the governor is not concentrating on politics.

"The governor is working hard right now delivering on the promises that he made when he successfully ran for governor in 1994," Feldmann said. "He is doing everything that he promised the citizens in Maryland that he would do with respect to making education his No. 1 priority, creating thousands of private-sector jobs and protecting the environment."

Sauerbrey took aim at Maryland's report card program. She said if students are tested but the results not shared with parents, then something is being hidden.

She also said she doubted there would be any benefit from the 10 percent tax cut that passed during the 1997 General Assembly session because it would take a governor committed to cutting the budget to provide the necessary funding.

If Sauerbrey wins in 1998, she would become Maryland's first woman governor and the state's first GOP governor since Spiro Agnew in 1966.

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