County Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks, a Republican, officially entered the race for state Senate in District 32 yesterday in a bid to unseat the county's senior elected Democrat.
It will be the first time that state Sen. Michael J. Wagner, who is seeking his fourth term, has faced a Republican opponent.
Mr. Middlebrooks had hinted that he would challenge Mr. Wagner ever since the senator recruited Democrat James "Ed" DeGrange to run for Mr. Middlebrooks' seat. The two men have had a long-running feud, each accusing the other of failing to adequately represent the Glen Burnie area.
Mr. Wagner, 52, a Ferndale caterer, has not faced any opposition since the 1982 primary when he defeated Victor Sulin, now a state delegate.
Mr. Middlebrooks, 38, an Old Mill lawyer and a former member of the Democratic Central Committee, changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in May to better his chances for a Senate bid. Despite the change, Mr. Wagner and other Democratic officials doubted he would enter the race.
Mr. Middlebrooks and other political candidates had until 9 o'clock last night to register as candidates in the Sept. 13 primary.
About 145 candidates filed to run for office yesterday, said Gene Raynor, administrator of the State Board of Election Laws.
About 749 candidates filed for offices in all Maryland counties.
For the first time, the Republicans will have a primary for state House of Delegates seats in District 32. The candidates are Ed Priola of Hanover, James E. Rzepkowski of Pasadena, Gerald P. Starr of Linthicum, Michael W. Burns of Glen Burnie and Edward J. Terech of Laurel.
Incumbents Victor Sulin of Severn and Mary Ann Love of Crownsville will vie with Thomas H. Dixon III and Rick L. Ramer, both of Millersville, for three Democratic nominations. The 32nd District includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie and Maryland City.
In an unexpected move, former state Del. John R. Leopold announced last week that he will abandon his 2-year-old bid for county executive in an effort to return to the House of Delegates. A Republican, Mr. Leopold gave up his seat to challenge Democratic state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno in District 31 in 1990.
the Republican primary, Mr. Leopold faces Doug Arnold, David Blanch, Brian Brooks, James J. Riley, J. F. McGanagan III and Vicky Schade, all of Pasadena.
Democratic candidates for the House in District 31 include incumbents Joan Cadden of Brooklyn Park, W. Ray Huff of Pasadena, Charles W. "Stokes" Kolodziejski of Carvell Beach, Carolyn Roeding of Pasadena and Peter Cooper of Glen Burnie.
Joseph Jack Feehley and Nancy Schrum, both of Pasadena, are seeking the Republican Senate nomination to challenge the incumbent Mr. Jimeno of Brooklyn Park in the November general election.
"I enjoyed my term the last time and I felt like we made a difference," Mr. Huff said at the filing headquarters in the Annapolis Armory. "We had a good team of delegates and senators, and I don't want to break it up."
In District 30, Democrat John Astle of Annapolis, a delegate and a decorated Vietnam veteran, will run for the Senate. Seeking the Republican Senate nomination are Clerk of the Circuit Court Mary Rose, and Robert J. O'Neill and Thomas McCarthy Jr., both of Annapolis.
Seeking nominations for the three House of Delegates seats in District 30 are these Democrats -- incumbent Michael Busch of Annapolis, Steve Carr of Annapolis, County Councilwoman Virginia Clagett of West River, John C. Eldridge Jr. of Annapolis, Charles M. Ross of Annapolis and Larry M. Johnson of Annapolis.
On the Republican side, candidates are incumbent Phillip Bissett of Mayo, Mike Brown, Joan Beck and Ralph C. "Rocky" Rosacker, all of Annapolis. Mr. Bissett was appointed to the seat in 1991.
In District 33, Republican incumbent John Cade of Severna Park is running with no opposition for the Senate.
Eight Democratic candidates will vie for House seats in District 33 including, county Councilman David Boschert of Crownsville, Mike Canning of Crofton, Hal Counihan of Gambrills, Sylvia Jennings of Edgewater, Dan Nataf of Severna Park, Alvin Tilghman of Severn, incumbent Marsha Perry of Crofton and Patricia A. Huecker of Crofton.
David Almy of Crownsville, Ingvard "Ed" Bach of Severna Park, Robert Baldwin of Crownsville, Margaret McLean of Severna Park and Janet Greenip of Crofton are seeking the Republican nominations for the House of Delegates seats in District 33.