Two Republicans have entered the race to become Maryland's next comptroller.
GOP National Committeeman Richard P. Taylor of Montgomery County filed his candidacy for the office this week, as did Timothy R. Mayberry, a banker from Washington County.
They will square off in their party's primary Sept. 13.
Mr. Taylor, 65, of Darnestown is a partner in the Washington law firm of Steptoe and Johnson and a longtime GOP fund-raiser.
He helped raise money for Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and later served as the Maryland finance chairman for the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1984 and for Bush-Quayle in 1988. He was co-chair of the Bush-Quayle campaign in Maryland in 1992.
Supporters urged him to run to round out the statewide ticket for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general, he said.
Mr. Mayberry, a Boonsboro resident, could not be reached. A relative who answered his phone said Mr. Mayberry is a 38-year-old banking executive and consultant who is making his first bid for statewide office.
The Democratic candidates are nine-term incumbent Louis L. Goldstein, 81, and lawyer James B. Moorhead, 40, of Rockville.
Boergers lays off 5 from her staff
Feeling a financial pinch, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary H. Boergers scaled back her campaign staff by five people this week, from 13 to 8.
Kevin S. Keefe, her campaign manager, described the layoffs as a move to conserve money for television advertising later in the primary election season.
"Just a little restructuring," Mr. Keefe said. "Basically we're taking the emphasis off the field staff. . . . It throws more money into television at the end."
Ms. Boergers, a state senator from Montgomery County, said her campaign has raised about $500,000 and has spent all but about $100,000.
She announced Tuesday that she will seek public funding for her campaign, with the state providing $1 for every $2 raised from private individuals in contributions of $250 or less, or the first $250 of larger donations.
To qualify for the funds, candidates must agree to limit their spending during the primary campaign to slightly less than $1 million. Mr. Keefe said the lay-offs, in addition to saving money for commercials, are part of the effort to live within the spending limit.
Schaefer aide to work for governors' group
Page W. Boinest is resigning as Gov. William Donald Schaefer's press secretary to join the National Governors' Association staff as director of public affairs.
Ms. Boinest, 33, said she will leave her state job at the end of this month and begin her new job Aug. 15. She joined Mr. Schaefer's staff as speech writer in November 1990 and became press secretary in August 1992.
Ms. Boinest said she is particularly proud of her work with the governor drafting his annual State of the State address the past four years, which she said "set the tone for him for the year." She said her new job offers "a great opportunity to work in Washington dealing with a lot of the issues we've dealt with in Maryland."
Deputy press secretary Joseph L. Harrison will handle day-to-day press relations until someone is named to the job for the remaining months of Mr. Schaefer's term, Ms. Boinest said.