Prince George's County executive candidate Floyd E. Wilson Jr. said yesterday that if elected he would work to get rid of School Superintendent John A. Murphy and try to end busing for desegregation purposes to save money for other academic programs.

Wilson, a 16-year County Council member and the best known of three candidates trying to unseat incumbent Parris N. Glendening in the Democratic primary, said reducing crime, amplifying the county's war on drugs and improving Prince George's schools would be his top priorities as county executive.

Describing the county school system as one that "fails to meet the needs of the majority of its students," Wilson pledged to seek Murphy's ouster because he said the superintendent has not done enough to reduce the dropout and suspension rates or improve education for "at-risk" students.

"I would try to get rid of Murphy as soon as possible," Wilson said. "He is deleterious to the majority of the students. {Murphy} lies to you and tells you that everything is fine and that he is the best when in fact we have the highest suspension rate in the entire state."

In a wide-ranging interview with Washington Post reporters and editors, Wilson was highly critical of Glendening's leadership and described a county beset by drugs, ailing schools and cronyism. He challenged Glendening's description of Prince George's as riding the crest of an economic boom. Instead, he drew a picture of a beleaguered county that leads the state in homicides, homelessness, dropouts and school suspensions. In fact, Prince George's has the highest number of suspensions in the state, but trails Baltimore in homelessness, dropouts and homicides.

Conceding that some of his criticism of Glendening was based on hearsay, Wilson charged that the county executive has "bent the truth" in reporting the declines in the county's homicide and crime rates to project a positive picture during an election year. He also said that Glendening has shown favoritism to developers and others who have made generous campaign contributions.

"I don't know who's zooming who, but I don't think anyone is fooled by all this Mickey Mouse nonsense," Wilson said.

"The individuals that are getting most of the favoritism in the county are those individuals that are on the {Glendening} campaign list," Wilson said. "I don't think you will be able to show any evidence that Parris is getting kickbacks today, but I guarantee when he leaves office he will be taken care of."

Glendening dismissed Wilson's statements as "unsubstantiated and ludicrous" and defended his leadership during his eight-year tenure as county executive.

"We have a positive record that we are proud of," said Glendening, who pointed to improvements in schools, county roads and a surge in tax dollars from development projects. Glendening has steadfastly defended his handling of land transactions involving politically active developers and lawyers. "We have always operated with the highest degree of professionalism and personal ethics," he said.

One of Wilson's primary criticisms of Glendening's leadership concerned the administration's handling of a series of land transactions, including land sales at the county-owned Collington Center industrial park, that have prompted federal and local reviews.

As a council member, Wilson voted in favor of the Collington Center sales and many other land transactions he now assails in his campaign. Wilson defended his role in approving the land deals, saying he did not think it was necessary at the time to question the terms of the contracts.

"Looking back in hindsight now and saying 'Floyd Wilson, you should have asked those questions' -- I'm guilty," Wilson said. "I had no idea that those contracts were questionable. Perhaps you get the details for something like that if you suspect something was wrong."

Wilson, 54, was the first black person to be elected to the County Council in 1974. Since then he has been elected three more times and has served as chairman and vice chairman of the council. Observers cast Wilson as the underdog in the Sept. 11 primary, noting that Glendening has raised more than seven times as much money for his campaign as Wilson and pointing to Glendening's support from incumbents running on the Democratic Party's top-to-bottom slate.

Also running in the Democratic primary are Arthur B. Haynes, of Capitol Heights, and Artie L. Polk, of Mitchellville.

Wilson's criticisms of Glendening predate his election bid. Wilson has sparred with Glendening on many issues, such as the percentage of government contracts awarded to minority businesses and affirmative action programs for black county employees.

A former teacher at Eastern High School in the District and businessman who operated several day-care centers, Wilson stressed that education would be the cornerstone of his administration and pledged to improve the quality of academic offerings, particularly at neighborhood schools.

Wilson, who said magnet schools have flourished at the expense of neighborhood schools, said he was not sure he would support maintaining the magnet school program, which offers specialized programs in predominantly black schools to attract white students from other areas.

Although he stopped short of calling for scuttling the popular magnet program, Wilson questioned its effectiveness as a desegregation tool in a school system that is 65 percent black. Wilson, who said he supported the county's desegregation efforts until recently, said the county should try to be relieved from its court-ordered desegregation plan and use money spent on school busing, about $65 million annually, to buy textbooks, increase teacher salaries and bolster other academic programs.

"Right now, integration is more important than educating our children," Wilson said. "It is not the best use of our money."

Wilson's education plan also calls for extending the school day, creating more community-based schools and appointing rather than electing the school board.

Wilson's prescription for solving the drug problem includes consolidating the law enforcement efforts of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Police, the county sheriff's department and the Prince George's County police. Wilson also said he favors increasing drug treatment and education programs.

Although Wilson was critical of Glendening's efforts in the county's war on drugs, he said he supports Police Chief David B. Mitchell. But he added that it was too early to determine whether he would keep Mitchell if elected.

Wilson said he would not suport the recommendation of Murphy and other civic and business leaders to increase funding for schools by modifying TRIM, an amendment to the county charter that severely limits property taxes. Instead, he said the county could find additional funding for schools and other services by eliminating what he called waste in spending on projects such as the equestrian center in Upper Marlboro.