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  •   Republican Tax Lawyer Plans to Run Against Curry

    By Jackie Spinner
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, April 23, 1998; Page D04

    With a hug from his pastor and a round of "amens" from the crowd, tax lawyer Randy McRae yesterday became the first contender to announce plans to challenge Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D) in the fall elections.

    McRae, a 38-year-old Republican, called for a 10 percent reduction in the local income tax rate and put Curry on notice that "your 15 minutes are up."

    The race between the men could be a first for this majority-black suburban county, should the two major political parties nominate African Americans for the county executive seat.

    In 1994, Curry became the first African American elected to the top post, and McRae acknowledged that the incumbent will be tough to beat in a Democratic stronghold that has not elected a Republican to be county executive since 1978.

    "Wayne Curry is going to be formidable," McRae said. "He can always say the problems were not his creation. But he's had ample time to address them, and I don't think he's done enough to do that."

    McRae, a newcomer to politics, accused the executive of playing politics when he should have been lobbying for more school construction aid during the just-ended General Assembly session.

    "What we have are powerful politicians, political hypocrites, playing power politics and using our kids like footballs, kicking them from one end of the political playing field to the next," McRae said. "This must end."

    McRae vowed to reduce class size, cut crime and give residents a role in economic development efforts.

    Curry was attending a conference outside the county yesterday. But Sheila Jackson, chairwoman of the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee, said McRae is running on a platform that Curry already has put in place.

    "He is trying to carve out a niche that isn't necessary," Jackson said. "Wayne Curry has been aggressive in addressing these issues."


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