Two chosen to fill seats in House

Former County Councilman Theodore Sophocleus and Glen Burnie resident Mary Ann Love will fill District 32 House of Delegates seats left vacant by the death last month of one lawmaker and the resignation of another, Democratic Party officials said yesterday.

Anne Arundel County's Democratic Central Committee chose the two Friday evening.


Mrs. Love, who works in the county Office of Community Service, was chosen to finish the term of Del. Patrick C. Scannello, a North Glen Democrat. Mr. Scannello, a four-term delegate, died May 14 of colon cancer and a related blood disorder.

Mrs. Love is the first woman to represent the district, which includes Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Old Mill, Severn and Jessup.


The committee also tapped Mr. Sophocleus, who gave up his council seat in 1990 to run for county executive, to replace Tyras S. "Bunk" Athey, a Jessup Democrat.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced Friday that he is appointing Mr. Athey as the Maryland secretary of state. Mr. Athey must, by law, resign from the House.

Six District 32 residents applied to the central committee to complete the last 18 months of the two four-year terms.

But Mr. Sophocleus, a popular two-term councilman from

Linthicum, and Mrs. Love, who has worked behind the scenes as an aide to former Councilman Ronald McGuirk and within the Office of Community Services for 18 years, were considered the front-runners going into Friday's selection process.

Both Mrs. Love, who also is a member of the central committee, and Mr. Sophocleus were recommended by Sen. Michael J. Wagner, the ranking Democrat within the district.

But some central committee members questioned whether Mr. Sophocleus would attempt to retain the House seat in the 1994 election or use it as a springboard to make a second run at county executive. As a result, he narrowly edged central committee member and Ferndale businessman Kenneth A. Pippin, 6-5.