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4 Arundel congressmen to set up shop locally


All four congressmen now representing Anne Arundel County say they plan on opening offices in the county or on its border.

The county, which has provided office space for U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, defeated in November, will invite the new representatives to discuss the possibility of setting up shop in county-owned buildings. Invitations are expected to go out this week, said Louise Hayman, spokeswoman for County Executive Robert Neall. Until this year, Anne Arundel County had been able to make do with one congressman. Mr. McMillen. But congressional redistricting not only led to Mr. McMillen's defeat in the November election, but divided the county among four congressional districts.

Faced with a sudden quadrupling of its need to provide congressional offices, the county will offer space in Annapolis, possibly in the Arundel Center North. and "maybe in community centers or county facilities," Ms. Hayman said.

Mr. McMillen, a Democrat, represented the county for six years. But redistricting pitted Mr. McMillen against another incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, in the 1st District. Mr. Gilchrest won.

Spokesmen for the four representatives said they hoped to secure new office space by February, shortly after they are sworn in.

Cathy Collier, press secretary to Mr. Gilchrest, said he will keep his Salisbury and Chestertown district offices and is negotiating on undisclosed space in Anne Arundel County. The 1st District makes a C-shape from the Brooklyn Park area through Glen Burnie, toward Odenton and east to the water.

"We will definitely be operating at least one office in the county," she said, giving Mr. Gilchrest three or four district offices.

In the 2nd District, Incumbent Republican Helen D. Bentley "has been looking for places" in Anne Arundel, said spokeswoman Pat Wait. That district cuts a wedge from Rock Creek to the Magothy River in Anne Arundel County.

Charles Cresswell, Ms. Bentley's district director, said plans tentatively call for keeping the Towson office, turning the Bel Air office from part time to full time, keeping the part-time Dundalk office and possibly doing outreach work in Aberdeen.

In the 3rd District, Bailey Fine, district director for incumbent Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, has already approached the county for office space one day a week.

"We are having a hard time finding a site" Ms. Fine said.

The county's share of the district cuts a jagged half-moon from south of Harmans to Pumphrey. It includes the parking lots of Baltimore-Washington International Airport but not office buildings there, Ms. Fine said.

Mr. Cardin will close his office in Catonsviile and an outreach center in Brooklyn, areas he will not represent in another month. He will retain other offices, and hopes to open two part-time offices, including the one in Anne Arundel and a once-a-month office in Reisterstown.

Fifth District Democrat Steny H. Hoyer, also an incumbent, hopes to move his Prince George's County office to the Bowie area so it can be close to the western section of Anne Arundel County that he will represent, press secretary Sarah Broadwater said.

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