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Robert Duckworth of Crofton announced Thursday he is running in the Republican primary for Anne Arundel County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Mr. Duckworth, who was appointed by Clerk Mary McNally Rose as her chief deputy several years ago, said he would campaign on his experience managing the office's $3.2 million budget. The clerk's office manages courthouse records and paperwork.

Mr. Duckworth, who has run for the U.S. House of Representatives, is a former employee of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a past president of the Crofton Civic Association.

He could face two other candidates, James F. Salmon of Davidsonville and Carroll Myers of Linthicum, in the Republican primary on Sept. 13.

Ms. Rose is stepping down to run as a Republican state Senate candidate in District 30.


State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno and Dels. Joan Cadden, W. Ray Huff and Charles Kolodziejski announced last week that they will seek re-election in District 31, which includes Brooklyn Park and Pasadena.

The four incumbents asked the state election board Thursday to place their names on the ballot for the Sept. 13 Democratic primary. They will be campaigning together as the United 31st ticket.

Mr. Jimeno is chairman of the county's five-member Senate delegation and serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Mrs. Cadden is a vice president of Women Legislators of Maryland and sits on the House Appropriations Committee.

Mr. Huff is a deputy majority whip for the House leadership. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee.

Mr. Kolodziejski is vice chairman of the county's 13-member House delegation. Mr. Kolodziejski, who is retired, is a member of the Economic Matters Committee.


Judy Duckett, an incumbent judge for the Orphans Court, and Edie Segree, a former House of Delegates candidate, have announced plans to run for seats on the Orphans Court bench.

The three-member panel of judges settles disputes over wills, estates and guardianship of juveniles.

Mrs. Duckett, a Democrat, has been an associate judge of the Orphans Court for four years. An Annapolis resident, Mrs. Duckett serves on the boards of the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and Scholarship for Scholars Inc. She is the former coordinator of community services for the Anne Arundel Community College.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mrs. Duckett is married to Circuit Court Judge Warren B. Duckett. They have three children and three grandchildren.

If re-elected, Mrs. Duckett would be the only incumbent returning to the Orphans Court.

Janet Owens has resigned to run for clerk of the court. Marie Durner is retiring after 12 years on the panel.

Mrs. Segree, a Democrat and former legislative assistant to County Councilwoman Carole Baker, is an Arnold resident and works as outreach coordinator for the Health Department. She serves on the boards of the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association and the Governor's Council on Landlord-Tenant Affairs.

A graduate of Bucknell University, Mrs. Segree is married to T. Allen Segree, a project manager with the Motor Vehicle Administration. They have four children.


Mike Canning of Crofton told the state elections board RTC Wednesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for a state House of Delegates seat.

Mr. Canning, 33, hopes to win one of two open seats in District 33, which includes Odenton, Crofton, Severna Park and portions of South County.

The seats are being left vacant by Republican incumbents Elizabeth Smith-Andersen, who announced her retirement last week, and John Gary, who is running for county executive.


Bill D. Burlison of Odenton has filed with the county Board of Supervisors of Elections to run in the Democratic primary for the County Council.

Mr. Burlison, a criminal defense attorney, is seeking the 4th District seat representing Gambrills, Fort Meade, Severn, Sherwood Forest and Jessup. He said his principal themes include improving education, building a new county jail and stopping construction of a Laurel football stadium.


County Councilwoman Virginia P. Clagett of West River has announced plans to run for a state House of Delegates seat in District 30.

Ms. Clagett, 50, is competing for the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 13 primary in a district that includes Lower Broadneck, Annapolis and Mayo.

Ms. Clagett served five terms on the council, including nine years as chairwoman. She pushed through legislation to preserve farmland and rural areas and regulate sand and gravel mines and rubble landfills.


Sylvia Fielder Jennings of Edgewater has launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination for a House of Delegates seat in District 33, which includes Odenton, Crofton and much of South County west of Route 2.

Ms. Jennings, 59, has been a legislative assistant to Councilwoman Clagett for 15 years.

She said she will focus on increasing state funding for construction of schools to reduce classroom overcrowding and on preserving the state's rural areas and the Chesapeake Bay.

She lives in Edgewater with the her daughter, son and granddaughter.

L This report was compiled by Sun staff writer John A. Morris.

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