Hickman to run for re-election
Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman announced his bid for a fifth term as the county's top prosecutor yesterday.
"During this term of office, our staff has continued to make Carroll County a very bad place for criminals," he said during a news conference.
Mr. Hickman, 47, said his office has made strides in the prosecution of drug crimes and child sexual abuse. He proposed setting up a breaking-and-entering patrol, and he said that "a surprise" addition to the child abuse and sexual assault unit would be announced in August.
No one has filed to run against the Republican. The filing deadline is Tuesday night. Two fathers of murdered children -- Heinz Bernhard and James Purman -- are co-chairmen of Mr. Hickman's re-election committee.
Diane O'Leary to run for Court Clerk
Diane O'Leary, a former Carroll deputy Circuit Court clerk, will challenge incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Larry W. Shipley in the Republican primary.
Mrs. O'Leary, who as a Democrat ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Shipley in 1990, filed with the county Board of Elections yesterday.
The 56-year-old Westminster woman is the only declared opposition to Mr. Shipley, who has held the post since 1978.