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  •   Software Firm Founder Enters Race Against Sen. Mikulski

    By Daniel LeDuc
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, April 16, 1998; Page D08

    Carroll County computer software executive Kenneth L. Wayman II yesterday became the second Republican to declare he would try to unseat Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), contending that the two-term incumbent is too liberal for the state.

    "It's a much more Republican state than it used to be," Wayman said in an interview before his announcement at a VFW post in Baltimore. "Her positions are much more liberal than the state is as a whole."

    Wayman is making his first bid for elected office. Mikulski, who was reelected six years ago with 71 percent of the vote, announced her plans to run for a third term last week.

    GOP officials, who concede that Mikulski is a difficult opponent, have had difficulty finding a Republican with much name recognition willing to take her on.

    Wayman joins political newcomer Michael Gloth, a Carroll County physician, in the contest for the Republican nomination. Others expected in the GOP race are Baltimore County contractor Thomas L. Scott and Baltimore lawyer George W. Liebmann.

    Wayman, 51, said he received an electrical engineering degree from Arizona State University, served in the Army during the Vietnam War, spent eight years with the State Department, and served as a computer and management consultant for several federal agencies.

    He began his company, Systems Consulting Services Inc., 11 years ago; its offices are in Ellicott City. He lives in Taylorsville with his wife, Catherine; their son, K.C., 4; and his wife's mother.

    Wayman said he would emphasize two themes in his campaign: an end to the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax, to be replaced with a federal sales tax, and the privatization of Social Security.

    "Making the tax system as complicated as it is, is a disaster for everybody," he said. "What's really motivating me is my son. I don't think young people have as many opportunities as I did" because of too much government intervention in the economy.

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