Former County Councilman Theodore J. Sophocleus, who lost the 1990 county executive's race by the narrowest of margins, is back in the political fray.

The 52-year-old Linthicum pharmacist announced Friday that he will run for office in 1994. Sophocleus, a Democrat, said he has not decided what office he will seek.

"I like county government, certainly," he said. "But we're going to look at all the options. It depends on what the atmosphere is, on who's doing what and what commitment (other politicians) are making to other offices. It depends on who the players are."

Political insiders suspect that Sophocleus is most interested in the county executive's post.

Incumbent Robert R. Neall, rumored to be a leading GOPcandidate for governor in 1994, refuses to comment on his plans.

Sophocleus has been critical of Neall, authoring an editorial on the shortcomings of Neall's fiscal policies and accusing him of reneging on campaign promises.

Last fall, Sophocleus testified publicly against the executive's proposal for a 3 percent wage cut for county workers. Last week, he won a standing ovation from North County residents when, speaking before the council, he questioned the way Neall initiated a proposal for a 650-bed detention center in Glen Burnie.

Sophocleus is revving up his political engine now, he said, because it will take time to raise enough money to wage a successful campaign. Afund-raiser is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. April 9 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Less than $1,000 remain in Sophocleus' campaign coffers from the 1990 campaign, in which he spent about $300,000 and Neall spent well over $400,000.

Sophocleus lost to Neall byabout 3,000 votes, finishing with 49 percent of the vote, compared to 51 percent for the Republican.

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