Puca To Run Again

April 17, 1991

WESTMINSTER — Montgomery County businessman and Democrat Anthony P. Puca has announced his intention to run again for the 6th District U.S. Congress seat in the 1992 election.

Last September, the Potomac resident lostby a 2-1 margin in the primary to seven-term incumbent Beverly B. Byron.

In announcing the '92 campaign, which will be his third consecutive attempt at unseating Byron, Puca said he will rely on gains made in his two previous races.

"We did the hard work in 1990, and now we have good name recognition and a strong base of support," he said.

By winning about 36 percent of the vote last September, Puca more than doubled his showing in 1988, and he said he will improve on thatin 1992.

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CAPTION: Anthony P. Puca

Seeking 6th District seat again

CHAPIN FILES FOR COUNCIL

WESTMINSTER-- Retired marketing consultant and small-business man Stephen R. Chapin Sr. became the seventh and final candidate to file to run in theMay 13 City Council elections.

Chapin, 50, joins four other challengers and two incumbents who will compete for three seats.

"I'm aconservative at heart, but a visionary conservative," the 17-year Westminster resident said. "I can bring to the table marketing vision, and I think we need it right now."

Chapin is president-elect of the Westminster Rotary Club and is a board member of Carroll County General Hospital.

He and his wife, Nancy, have three children -- Stephen Jr., 28, John, 25, and Wendy, 17 -- and live on Court Street. This is his first attempt at political office.

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HORNBERGER WILL NOT RUN

WESTMINSTER -- What was rumored for weeks finally become official Monday: City Council President Kenneth J. Hornberger will not seek a third term.

The deadline for candidates to file for May 13 election passed at 5 p.m. Monday, and Hornberger's namewas not among the seven who entered the race.

"Eight years is enough," the 45-year-old Hornberger said yesterday when asked why he will not run again. "I'm not a career politician."

Hornberger, an accountant with Mills Communications, said he made the decision about a month ago, though he has kept mum until this week.

His withdrawal means at least one newcomer will land a seat on the council. The two other incumbents -- Samuel Greenholtz and Mark Snyder -- already had filed to seek re-election.

The challengers are Stephen Chapin Sr.,Dennis Frazier, Michael Oakes, Rebecca Orenstein, and former councilmember Kenneth Yowan.

Hornberger was first elected to the councilin 1983 and was picked as council president in 1989.

"It's been an education," he said of his two terms. "I've learned a lot. The mostimportant thing I've learned is the art of listening. And believe me, it is an art. You must listen to what people are saying, not how they are saying it."

As Hornberger talked about his growing frustration with how municipal government is affected by federal, state and county government bureaucracy, he sounded like a potential future candidate for higher office.

"There's a possibility of that," he said."I'm not ruling anything out."

Hornberger said the municipal governments must continue to search for ways to solve their own problems instead of relying on higher levels of government, especially in tough economic times.

"(Local governments) are going to have to learn to sharpen their pencils," he said. "You can't pile everything on theback of property taxes. You've got to find other ways to do things."

Hornberger said the stormy relationship between the council and Mayor W. Benjamin Brown had nothing to do with his decision not to run.

The council's May 13 meeting is the last over which Hornberger will preside.

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