Theodore Sophocleus won the endorsement of the teachers union Monday in his bid for the county's highest elective post.
A former county councilman and now a state delegate, Mr. Sophocleus is one of six candidates vying in the September primary for the Democratic nomination for county executive. State Del. John Gary is the only Republican in the race.
Mr. Sophocleus also won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO.
The political action committee representing the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County also endorsed candidates for other county offices yesterday.
In the District 32 state Senate race, the group is backing County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks, a Republican, over incumbent Democrat Michael J. Wagner. The district includes Linthicum, Glen Burnie and Severn.
In other Senate races, it has endorsed Democrat John Astle in District 30, which includes Annapolis, Mayo and Shady Side, and Democrat incumbent Philip C. Jimeno in District 31, which includes Brooklyn Park, Riviera Beach and Pasadena. No endorsement was made in District 33, which includes Severna Park, Crofton and Davidsonville.
For the state House of Delegates, the group has endorsed:
* Democrats Mike Busch, Virginia Clagett and Larry Johnson in District 30.
* Incumbent Democrats Joan Cadden, Ray Huff and Charles "Stokes" Kolodziejski in District 31.
* Democrat Mary Ann Love in District 32.
* Democrats David Boschert, Hal Counihan and Marsha Perry in District 33.
For County Council, the union endorsed:
* Democratic incumbent George Bachman in the 1st District, which includes Brooklyn Park and Linthicum.
* Democrat Tom Redmond in District 3, which includes #i Pasadena, Gibson Island and Riviera Beach.
* Democrat Robert McMurtrie in District 4, which includes Odenton, Maryland City and Crownsville.
* Democrat David DeAngelis in District 5, which includes Arnold and Lower Broadneck.
* Democrat Melinda Hamilton in District 6, which includes greater Annapolis.
No council candidates were endorsed in District 2, which includes Glen Burnie, or District 7, which includes Crofton and Lothian.
County Councilwoman Virginia Clagett, one of Anne Arundel's senior elected Democrats, has endorsed Robert Agee for county executive.
Mrs. Clagett of West River is the first of the county's Democratic officials to line up behind Mr. Agee, a former aide to County Executive O. James Lighthizer. Other Democratic leaders, including state Sens. Philip C. Jimeno and Michael J. Wagner, are backing Theodore Sophocleus in the primary.
Mrs. Clagett, who authored land development, gravel mining and rubble landfill reforms in her 20 years on the council, will help Mr. Agee define his environmental platform.
Mr. Agee, a vice president of a Southern Maryland gravel and concrete company, lists among his environmental accomplishments recycling legislation, wetlands reclamation and the creation of several environmental grant programs in Anne Arundel County.
Mary Boergers, a Democratic candidate for governor, will make two campaign stops in Anne Arundel this week, starting this afternoon with a higher education forum at St. John's College in Annapolis.
The forum, sponsored by the University of Maryland System and the independent colleges and university Association, begins at 4:30 p.m. but is not open to the public.
Mrs. Boergers also is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. Saturday at the District 33 Democratic Club Picnic and Rally at the Ruritan Hall in Davidsonville.
Paul Chaos, owner of the Shangri-La Restaurant in Severna Park, is throwing a meet-the-candidate party Sunday for Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg.
Mr. Steinberg is running for governor in the Democratic primary.
Mr. Chaos has invited Chinese-American Democrats from around the Baltimore-Washington region to the party, which begins at 1 p.m. at Mr. Chaos' restaurant and continues until 5 p.m.
C7 Mr. Chaos said the gathering is open to the public.