Incumbent Republican state Sen. J. Robert Hooper appeared to be the easy winner in the 35th Legislative District last night despite a lawsuit filed late last month alleging that he sexually abused two boys.
Since no Democratic candidates filed in the race, the 66-year-old co-owner of a sanitation business in Street will return to Annapolis in January.
He said of the lawsuit last night, "I haven't really had a chance to analyze numbers, but it's bound to have hurt." But, he added, "even with the lawsuit against me ... people don't believe it and they believe in me."
With 64 of 66 precincts reporting, Hooper was poised to defeat Anthony M. DiPietro Jr., 67, of Fountain Green, a former state delegate, and Kenneth E. Unitas, 34, a Defense Department contractor and community college instructor from Bel Air. His father is former Baltimore Colts quarterback John Unitas.
In other races:
House of Delegates, District 35B: David E. Carey, 38, a Bel Air lawyer and mayor of Bel Air, appeared the Democratic winner for the newly created single-seat district.
He was leading late last night over Charles F. Wagner, 49, a Bel Air lawyer and former boilermaker.
In the Republican race, Susan K. McComas, a Bel Air lawyer and town commissioner, appeared likely to win against consultant Francis J. Eurice, 55, of Abingdon, and insurance agent Robert E. Shaffner, 60, of Abingdon.
House of Delegates, District 35A: Incumbent Republican Barry Glassman, 40, a claims specialist with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. from Darlington, was running in a very close race with fellow incumbent Joanne S. Parrott, 61, a community activist from Fallston. They appeared the likely winners over auctioneer David W. Shrodes, 50, of Pylesville, who is chairman of the county Liquor Control Board, in the two-seat district.
No Democrats filed in this race so the winners automatically win the general election.
34th Legislative District: No primaries.
Incumbent Republican James M. Harkins of Whiteford appeared the easy winner over Aberdeen activist and consultant Ronald Roz, 63.
Harkins, 48, a former sheriff's deputy, will face Democratic challenger Paul Gilbert, 53, of Darlington, former director of economic development in both Cecil and Harford counties, in November.
Republican Robert S. Wagner, 45, who has served on the council since 1990, appeared likely to defeat Norman R. Cochran, 55, a private investigator from Fallston. Wagner, a farmer from Bel Air, will face Dr. Gunther Hirsch of Havre de Grace, the single-term Democratic incumbent president, in the general election.
District A: Three-term incumbent Susan B. Heselton, 60, of Joppa appeared likely to win a close race in the Republican primary.
The licensed bird-bander was leading H. Dean Freeman, 35, a financial adviser from Joppa, and Bill McCullough, 62, a retired engineering technician. Heselton, who said she would be bird-banding "on a mountaintop in West Virginia" yesterday, could not be reached for comment.
Heselton is likely to face Democrat Dion F. Guthrie, 64, a business agent for an electrical workers union, who lives in Joppa. Guthrie appeared an easy winner over Samuel T. Gibson III, an emergency gas technician from Edgewood, and Michael Q. Paton of Edgewood.
District B: Valerie H. Twanmoh, 45, a community activist from Fallston, was leading by a large margin over Janice L. McLean, 34, a saleswoman from Abingdon, in the Democratic primary.
She will face Republican incumbent Veronica L. Chenowith, who has held the seat since 1994.
District C: Robert G. Cassilly, 44, a Bel Air lawyer, was locked in a close race with single-term Republican incumbent Michael A. Geppi, 27, a Bel Air advertising business owner.
Leading in the Democratic primary was Joan Morrissey Ward, 45, a former county planner from Bel Air running against Jack T. Feldman, 51, a Bel Air lawyer.
District D: No primaries. Single-term incumbent Republican Lance C. Miller of Darlington will face Michael G. Comeau of Jarrettsville.
District E: Richard Slutzky, 59, an Aberdeen High School teacher who lives in Aberdeen, appeared the winner over Gwen Corkran, 54, a Bel Air real estate agent in the Republican primary.
There is no Democratic primary.
District F: Cecelia M. Stepp, 59, the single-term Republican incumbent from Havre de Grace, appeared likely to beat Blane H. Miller III, 28, a technical photographer at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Stepp will likely face Democrat Philip J. Barker, 67, of Havre de Grace, who was in a close race with Alex Hathaway, 43, also of Havre de Grace and a program supervisor for a child-abuse prevention program.