Firefighters endorse Sophocleus


The Anne Arundel County Professional Firefighters, the union that represents the county's firefighters and paramedics, has endorsed Theodore J. Sophocleus for county executive.

The firefighters union endorsed County Executive Robert R. Neall four years ago, a move they probably would not have repeated if Mr. Neall had run for re-election. Mr. Neall and the firefighters have clashed bitterly the past year over changes in the county's health care system that the union said went against their contract. Despite winning two binding arbitration awards, the union gave up the victories when Mr. Neall canceled a 6 percent pay raise he granted to all other county workers who accepted the entire health package.

In selecting Mr. Sophocleus, the firefighters back a candidate with a solid record of support for organized labor.

The union also endorsed:

* County Council, District 1: George F. Bachman;

* County Council, District 2: James "Ed" DeGrange;

* County Council, District 3: Carl G. "Dutch" Holland;

* County Council, District 4: Bert L. Rice;

* County Council, District 5: No Endorsement

* County Council, District 6: Melinda M. Hamilton;

* County Council, District 7: John J. Klocko III;

* State's Attorney: Frank R. Weathersbee;

* Sheriff: George F. Johnson IV.


The county's Republican State Central Committee is inviting GOP voters from District 27B to apply to join the party's central governing body.

County voters in District 27B -- which includes most of northern Calvert County and the southern tip of Anne Arundel -- did not get to vote in the primary election for central committee because of an omission on the ballot.

Interested registered Republicans should send their resumes to Chairwoman Helen Fister, 2747 Rutland Road, Davidsonville 21035.

Information: (410) 798-5906.


The county executive candidates will debate schools, jobs, taxes and crime Wednesday during a political forum sponsored by the Broadneck Federation and the Greater Severna Park Council.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

The candidates for state's attorney and 5th District County Council also will debate.


Citizens for Phil Jimeno will have a fund-raiser from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club, Fort Smallwood Road.

A hot and cold buffet and music will be featured.

Tickets are $25.

The event will benefit the re-election campaign of the District 31 Democrat.

District 31 includes Brooklyn Park, Riviera Beach and Pasadena.

Information: 437-3530.


Democrat John C. Eldridge Jr. has received the endorsement of the Maryland State Troopers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in his race for a state House of Delegates seat.

Mr. Eldridge is running for one of three seats in District 30. His opponents are Democrats Michael Busch and Virginia Clagett and Republicans Phillip D. Bissett, Ralph C. "Rocky" Rosacker II and Joan Beck. District 30 includes Annapolis, Lower Broadneck and Edgewater.


State Del. Phillip D. Bissett has received the endorsement of the Maryland State Troopers Association in his campaign for a District 30 delegate seat.

Mr. Bissett, who was appointed to the House in 1990, also has been endorsed by the Maryland State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Anne Arundel County Fraternal Order of Police.

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