No matter how hard he tries -- or doesn't try -- Arthur A. (Bud) Marshall's desire to become a judge in Prince George's Circuit Court keeps getting squashed.

Marshall, who was the county's chief prosecutor for 24 years until he was defeated last year by Alex Williams, lost a 1984 race against two sitting circuit judges.

Last year, County Executive Parris Glendening, who was supporting Williams, offered to arrange for a sitting judge to retire so that Marshall could have a clean shot for a judgeship if he would give up his bid for reelection. But Marshall, never known as party player, scoffed at Glendening's three-pronged deal and called it "sleazy politics." But another opening came up last summer when former Circuit Court judge Albert T. Blackwell Jr. was appointed to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Marshall tried going the usual route to get that appointment. But he was last seen leaving the room where the 7th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission was interviewing applicants, yelling, "You're trying to bait me," and slamming the door. The appointment to the bench went to District Judge Graydon S. McKee III.

Still another seat on the Circuit Court opened when Judge James Taylor retired on Oct. 31, and Marshall said he considered running in the election next year against McKee and whomever the governor appointed to replace Taylor. Now, Marshall won't even pursue that option. The leading candidate to replace Taylor is District Judge William Missouri, who was treasurer of Marshall's campaign committee while he was an assistant state's attorney. And because of election rules, Marshall cannot run against one sitting judge without running against the other. Marshall said he will not run if Missouri is on the ballot. Several lawyers in the county said they expect Missouri to get the latest appointment not just because he is qualified, but also because he is likely to secure the support of the county's bar association, which has a large contingent of defense lawyers who are not eager to see their old opponent in a judge's role.

It was characteristic. Montgomery County Council member Neal Potter was quietly walking toward his fifth-floor council office when aide Kelly Pelz noticed he was carrying a large and shiny trophy.

Turned out Potter, 72 and a 17-year veteran of the council, had just been awarded the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Scull Award. Seemed he wanted to slip quietly and modestly into his office, Pelz said.

It was the first time the annual award had gone to someone from Montgomery County. Named for David and Elizabeth Scull, the late Montgomery council and COG leaders, the award went to Potter for "dedicated and longstanding service to the region."

Amid the bizarre controversy surrounding Montgomery County Council member Rose Crenca's allegations that civic leader Joan Ennis offered her money to limit Silver Spring development came the complaint of some Silver Spring activists that Crenca was being a "sore winner." William H. Leary, vice president of the Silver Spring Takoma Traffic Coalition, said that Crenca, whose vote to allow major redevelopment angered some residents, hasn't tried to unite the split community.

Leary, recently elected to the Takoma Park City Council, complained at a news conference that he had written a conciliatory note to Crenca and had received no answer.

Yes, it was a very nice letter, Crenca said in answer to a reporter's inquiry, and no, she didn't respond. The reason, she said, is that Leary's Nov. 27 letter was in response to a Nov. 9 letter Crenca sent congratulating him on his election. AFTER WORDS

"If I were to offer someone a bribe, and I can't even imagine myself doing that, I would hope I wouldn't be so stupid as to pick noon hour in the cafeteria of the county office building, the most public of places. Even if I were a stupid briber, I would think I could come up with some place more private."

Joan Ennis, responding to an inquiry about the Crenca controversy