State Del. John C. Astle of Annapolis announced Friday that he has formed a Democratic ticket with County Councilwoman P. Virginia Clagett and Del. Michael E. Busch.
Mr. Astle is running for the state Senate in District 30, which includes Lower Broadneck, Annapolis and portions of South County east of Route 2. He is unopposed in the primary.
Ms. Clagett of West River and Mr. Busch of Annapolis are running for the House of Delegates. They are among six Democratic contenders for three seats.
Mr. Busch, the chairman of the Economic Matters Committee, and Ms. Clagett, former chairwoman of the County Council, bring an established foundation of political support to the ticket, Mr. Astle said.
Although he could name a third delegate candidate to the ticket, Mr. Astle said he would wait until after the primary.
Bringing one of the other four Democratic candidates onto the ticket before the primary would be "unfair" to the candidate because that person would not have the same political foundation as Ms. Clagett and Mr. Busch, and might not be able to develop a political identity if included on the ticket, Mr. Astle said.
He also said he would not endorse Republican incumbent Phillip Bissett for the third seat, although they have become friends in the past four years.
"This is a partisan-structured system," Mr. Astle said. "He understands that."
Former state Sen. Al Lipin and former County Councilman Michael F. Gilligan, both of Glen Burnie, are heading Robert Agee's county executive campaign in North County.
They are members of Mr. Agee's North County Campaign Advisory Committee.
Mr. Agee, a Glen Burnie native and graduate of Glen Burnie High School, said the committee should help him shed his image as a South County candidate. He is identified most frequently with Crofton, where he lives.
Mr. Lipin is a member and past president of the Greater Glen Burnie Improvement Association. He is also a member of the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce and served on the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Development Board.
Mr. Gilligan is a lawyer and ran for county executive in 1990.
Other members of the committee are Bob Suchman, Steven Huffines, Ira Shipley, Robert Ebberts and Cathering A. Bonsuk.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "meet your candidates" business mixer at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Pleasure Cove Marine Center in Pasadena.
Tickets are $15.