Schafer unseated

ELECTION '90 / Council races: Pierno upsets Schafer, Hatem beats Helton

September 16, 1990|By Karen Keeney | Karen Keeney,Staff writer

Political newcomer and community activist Theresa M. Pierno stunned four-term County Council member John W. Schafer, D-District C, defeating the incumbent in his bid for a fifth term Tuesday.

Since no Republican ran in the primary, Pierno will be unchallenged in the Nov. 6 general election.

Pierno took 36.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary race, followed by Schafer with 27 percent of the vote John L. Cox, a University of Maryland consultant to local governments, garnered 21.4 percent.

Pierno received 7,268 votes, compared to 5,380 votes for Schafer and 4,256 for Cox.

No Republican ran for the post.

Pierno is president of the Community Coalition of Harford County, an organization of 29 community associations that had sounded the alarm bell against continued fast-paced growth early in the election.

During her campaign, Pierno focused on the issues of controlling development and protecting the environment, as did Cox. Schafer emphasized his service to constituents.

Pierno, 32, said she believes she won because residents countywide are worried that development in the county must be slowed.

Pierno said, "I was mentally prepared to lose." Instead, it was Schafer, 70, who found the results disappointing.

Schafer blamed his defeat on constituent unhappiness with recent road construction in his district, which includes Bel Air and its high growth suburban areas.

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