Campaign notes

August 17, 1998

And then there was one

With the withdrawal of Eileen M. Rehrmann from Maryland's gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has managed to avoid the political nastiness of battling a fellow Democrat in the weeks leading up to what is now a virtually uncontested primary election.

Rehrmann, the Harford County executive, cited a lack of campaign finances as the reason for her departure. Like Ray Schoenke, a Montgomery County millionaire who gave up his election bid last month, she performed badly against Glendening in polls.

But unlike Schoenke, Rehrmann did not go out like a lamb by offering calls for Democratic party unity against likely GOP foe Ellen R. Sauerbrey.


Indeed, Rehrmann has refused to endorse Glendening and she will to continue to vote for herself on the Sept. 15 primary. She and two lesser-known Democrats, Terry McGuire and Lawrence K. Freeman, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, will be on the ballot.

Sensing some division among Democrats, Sauerbrey moved right in and invited Rehrmann supporters to her camp.

"Those who want an alternative to Parris Glendening will be received warmly by my campaign," she said.

Cashing in on the Stup name

The name on the campaign signs and pamphlets is familiar to voters of Maryland's 3rd Legislative District: Stup.

After two terms in the House of Delegates, J. Anita Stup has built a well-known name.

But if voters casting ballots this fall for Stup, the beneficiary will be Richard L. Stup, not Anita Stup.

Richard Stup, a Frederick County land surveyor, makes no secret of the fact that he is trying to capitalize on the name of his distant relative.

"I'm a political novice. I thought of a way to catch people's eye," he said.

Unlike the retiring Anita Stup, Richard Stup is a Democrat. But at a picnic sponsored by Women At The Table last week, he played down partisan politics, pledging "to continue the work that Del. Anita Stup has done," and saying he wants to join Dels. Sue Hecht and Louise V. Snodgrass.

Stup said that wasn't an endorsement, just an attempt to form a "partnership" with the district's two other representatives.

"There is a time and place for party. If someone's doing a good job representing the district, there is no room for party lines," he said.

Mayberry releases plan to save $840 million

Republican comptroller candidate Timothy R. Mayberry last week released a 10-page plan he says will save taxpayers $840 million over the next four years.

Mayberry, a Boonsboro accountant who ran on a similar platform four years ago, said none of his ideas would require approval from the General Assembly. Actions include:

- increased use of bank lock box for tax checks, which he said would generate interest income.

- comparing unemployment payments to business taxes.

- auditing missing tax funds.

Mayberry also pledges to preserve the state's AAA bond rating, help improve economic development and education and initiate a "taxpayers' bill of rights."

"The comptroller job goes far beyond simple tax collecting and refund issuing," he says in the introduction.

Beachley/Boone is a slate, not a ticket

Washington County Circuit Court judicial candidate Gregory C. Bannon said he is running into much confusion during his campaign for one of the two seats on the county bench up for election.

That's because the two other candidates, W. Kennedy Boone III and Donald E. Beachley, are current judges running as a slate, using the same campaign apparatus and putting both of their names on campaign signs and other materials.

Bannon said many people perceive the Boone/Beachley slate like a presidential ticket, where voters cast ballots for the pair. Actually, voters can select one, both or neither.

"They think the slate means they must vote for both of them, only that's not true," he said.

Campaign events scheduled

With the primary election drawing close, a number of campaign events are coming up:

- The Williamsport Democratic Club will hold its annual picnic this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Williamsport American Legion hall.

Local and state officials have been invited to attend. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call 301-766-0589.

- Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, will moderate the Maryland is Our Business forum on Tuesday at the FSK Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Several Washington County business leaders as well as elected officials from across the state will participate.

- The Washington County Alliance for Elementary Instrumental Music will sponsor a forum for Washington County Board of Education candidates on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School.

- George W. Liebmann, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be hold a series of forums addressing education issues in Western Maryland in the coming weeks.

One forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School.

Liebmann will use the forums to discuss federal regulations addressing school discipline, special education and school transportation.

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