Del. Phillip D. Bissett, an Edgewater Republican, has received the endorsement of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.
Mr. Bissett, who is running for one of three District 30 seats in the House, said he opposes fee increases on construction trades that might raise new home prices. He noted that 100,000 Maryland voters earn their livings through building trades.
"When the new home construction industry is doing well, the economy is healthy, too," Mr. Bissett said. "I will continue to oppose fees that hurt the construction industry."
The Home Builders Association includes land-use attorneys, title companies, builders, suppliers, mortgage lenders and Realtors.
House of Delegates candidate Mike Canning of Crofton is planning a "river boat" expedition on the Severn today to meet District 33 voters.
In a twist on the traditional door-to-door campaign, Mr. Canning, a Democrat, will stop at community piers and marinas and meet with residents in waterfront communities along the river. The expedition is to begin at Round Bay and end at Lakeland Point.
"This area is an environmental jewel, and I want to talk firsthand with folks about their ideas for keeping the river clean," Mr. Canning said.
District 33 includes Severna Park, Fort Meade and Crownsville.
Voters who will not be able to cast ballots at their assigned polling stations in the Sept. 13 primaries have until Aug. 15 to request absentee ballots.
Requests for absentee ballots may be made in person at the Anne Arundel County Election Office, Room 305, 101 N. Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, or by calling 222-6600.
Harold "Hal" Counihan of Gambrills is planning an All-American Family Picnic to raise money for his campaign for a state House of Delegates seat.
Mr. Counihan, an administrator at Anne Arundel Community College, is seeking the Democratic nomination to one of three seats from District 33, which includes Severna Park, Crownsville and Crofton.
The picnic begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at Orchard Hill Farm in St. Margarets. The BJ Doyle Band will play Dixieland music. A clown and face-painting for children as well as swimming, tennis and volleyball round out the afternoon activities.
Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for children.
State Sen. John A. Cade of Severna Park is to appear at an Aug. 20 fund-raiser for Republican County Council candidate Bert Rice.
The only GOP candidate in District 4, Mr. Rice will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election. District 4 includes Maryland City, Odenton and Crownsville.
The event, billed as a Best of the West Party, begins at 7 p.m. at Baldwin Hall in Millersville. Door prizes are planned for the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl.
Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, call Pappu Khera at 551-2777 or Alfred Shehab at 674-7333.