Three Baltimore County Council members were defeated yesterday by Republican challengers as voter dissatisfaction with the Democratic administration of County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen apparently spilled over into the council races.
Incumbents Barbara F. Bachur, William R. Evans and Ronald B. Hickernell all lost to lesser-known challengers who campaigned on anti-incumbent, tax-limitation platforms.
With all the votes counted, Ms. Bachur was easily defeated by Douglas Riley, a Towson lawyer, for the 4th District based in Towson-Lutherville. Mr. Evans, who represented the Essex area in the 6th District, was nosed out by William A. Howard IV, a real estate broker and political newcomer. And in the Catonsville-based 1st District, Mr. Hickernell lost to Berchie Lee Manley, a 61-year-old civic activist.
The GOP victories will leave the Democrats -- who lost the county executive's office for the first time in 28 years -- with only a one-vote majority on the seven-member council.
And the Republicans should make the council -- solidly Democratic since 1978 -- more contentious than had been past bodies, which tended to avoid public disputes. The four Democrats in the majority will also have to learn to live with Roger B. Hayden, the new Republican county executive, a former school board president who made his first run for political office.
In the 5th District, Vincent Gardina, who unseated incumbent Norman W. Lauenstein in the Democratic primary, pulled away from Republican Patricia Fullagar. In the 7th, tax protest leader Donald Mason, who beat incumbent Dale T. Volz in the Democratic primary, took a big lead over Republican Lawrence Williams Jr.
In the 2nd District, Councilman Melvin G. Mintz, a Democrat, easily led George W. Murphy, a Republican civic activist, while Councilman C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, a Democrat, was outpolling Republican Henry Merchant in the 3rd District.
The liveliest legislative races were expected to be House contests in the 9th, 8th and 11th districts.
In the 9th, Democrat Gerry L. Brewster appeared to have won election to one of the district's three seats in the House. Incumbent Democrat Michael Gisriel appeared to have lost, while Republicans John J. Bishop and Martha Klima seemed assured of holding their seats. Sen. F. Vernon Boozer, a Republican, led Democrat Kauka H. Kokkonen by a large margin.
In the 8th, Republican civic activist Alfred W. Redmer looked to depose incumbent Delegate Donna Felling, while Joseph Bartenfelder and William Burgess won re-election. Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, a Democrat, was winning against GOP challenger William Rush.
In the 11th, Republican civic activist Ella White Campbell appeared to have lost in her challenge against incumbent Delegates Leon Albin, Theodore Levin and Richard Rynd, all Democrats.