Mayberry, Schaefer to face in comptroller's race

September 16, 1998

From staff and AP reports

Former Democratic governor William Donald Schaefer and Republican Timothy R. Mayberry, a Boonsboro resident, appeared headed for a general election contest for Maryland comptroller.

The winner will succeed the late Louis L. Goldstein.

With 57 percent of the precincts reporting, Schaefer had 125,974 votes, or 54 percent. His closest competitor in the balloting was Baltimore comptroller Joan Pratt, with 54,458, or 23 percent.

Mayberry had 35,975 votes, or 27 percent, to Michael Steele's 27,109, or 20 percent.

Votes from some of the state's biggest jurisdictions, including Baltimore city, Baltimore County and Prince George's County, were slow in coming, however, making the final tally hard to call.


At the time, Mayberry wasn't willing to declare victory.

"It looks like he has done extremely well in Western Maryland and he's doing well in more populous areas, however we have no information yet on Baltimore County," said Mayberry press spokeswoman Dee Richards.

"In a six-person race it would be precipitous and not kind to the other candidates to be popping campaign corks right now," she said. "But we are very optimistic."

According to complete but unofficial totals, in Washington County Mayberry got 6,721 votes to trounce the opposition. The next closest candidate was Michael Steele, with 648 votes. Larry Mark Epstein got 386 votes, Robert W. Kearns 176 votes and Ardath M. Cade 135 votes.

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