- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 2, 2002

ANNAPOLIS (AP) William Donald Schaefer's bid for re-election as state comptroller will not be unopposed.
The 80-year-old former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor will face five opponents in November's election. Gene Zarwell, a Republican from Prince George's County, and Beth Hufnagel, a Green Party candidate from Howard County, both filed yesterday to run against the longtime Democrat.
Mr. Zarwell works in international business consulting and once ran for Congress, said Paul Ellington, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. Mr. Ellington said Mr. Zarwell has a "tough road to hoe" against Mr. Schaefer, who remains one of the most popular political figures in the state.
Also filing yesterday to run for the comptroller's job were John T. Willis, a Baltimore Democrat; Lih Young, a Potomac Democrat; and Augustus Alzona of Bethesda, a Republican. No further information was available about those candidates.
The filing deadline to be on the ballot for the Sept. 10 gubernatorial primaries was 9 p.m. yesterday.
Two Republicans served notice that they would be taking on J. Joseph Curran, a 70-year-old Democrat seeking his fifth term as the state's attorney general.
Edwin MacVaugh and Jeffrey N. Pritzker, both from Baltimore County, filed yesterday to challenge Mr. Curran.
Mr. MacVaugh is a former Navy officer who is in private practice as a lawyer. Mr. Pritzker, a Towson-area lawyer, has worked on other campaigns and been active in the party, Mr. Ellington said.
Before yesterday, no Republicans had filed for either of the two statewide positions of comptroller or attorney general. However, Mr. Ellington said he expects a coattail effect from gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whom he called the Republican Party's best candidate "in recent memory."
"I think what's going to happen is they're going to benefit from the strength at the top of the ticket," Mr. Ellington said. "It will help Republican candidates across the board."
State Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele, whom Mr. Ehrlich tapped to be his running mate, said last week he would be on the phone over the weekend trying to get Republicans to file for those other offices.
Mr. Ehrlich, trying to concentrate Republican resources on his own race, has made no attempt to recruit candidates to fill out the ticket.


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