Local man to challenge councilman in primary


A Glen Burnie business owner will challenge an incumbent Anne Arundel County council member for the Democratic nomination to the second district seat.

James "Ed" DeGrange, 44, held a $30-a-ticket fund-raiser last night at Michaels Eighth Avenue, the banquet hall owned by the man who encouraged him to run, state Sen. Michael Wagner, D-32nd.

He will run in the primary against lawyer C. Edward Middlebrooks, 38, of Old Mill, who announced last week that he would seek a second four-year council term.

Besides continuing to look for ways to reduce property taxes, Mr. Middlebrooks said, he would keep pressing such local issues as keeping a county jail out of the Glen Burnie area and redevelopment of the Superblock. He has favored adding a performing arts pavilion there.

Mr. DeGrange has been active in several community organizations. "This is just an extension of my community service," he said. "I don't picture myself as a politician."

Mr. DeGrange is immediate past president of the Glen Burnie Rotary Club, sits on the board of directors of Glen Burnie Mutual Savings Bank, has been active in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and has raised money for North Arundel Hospital. He is on the executive board of Take Back Our Streets Inc., the community group organized by Mr. Wagner to help fund county police efforts to work with young people in several neighborhoods plagued by poverty and crime.

The DeGrange family, long established in Glen Burnie, owns a lumber and hardware store in Glen Burnie.

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