Hayden draws Democrats to his fund-raiser

May 01, 1991|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

At his first political fund-raiser since taking office, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden found support last night where he needed it most.

Democrats -- in large numbers -- paid $50 a ticket to shake hands with Baltimore County's first GOP executive since Spiro T. Agnew was elected in 1962.

About 2,300 people showed up, which translated into $100,000 for the Republican's campaign coffers after expenses.

The sum roughly matches the amount Mr. Hayden spent last fall to defeat the former county executive, Dennis F. Rasmussen.

The event attracted a good portion of the county's Democratic-controlled legislative delegation and six of the seven members of the County Council -- including all four Democratic councilmen. Only Councilwoman Berchie Lee Manley, R-1st, could not attend because the event conflicted with a community meeting in her district.

Democratic support is crucial for Mr. Hayden's re-election to the executive's job in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans roughly 2.5 to 1.

The Democrats say that they have so far been won over by the former school board president's spending policies.

"He's moving us in the right direction. These days, we're looking at bringing taxes down, instead of up," said Councilman Donald Mason, D-7th, whose Dundalk district was base for a tax rebellion that helped propel Mr. Hayden into office.

Mr. Hayden said he was happy with the turnout at the Timonium State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall because it demonstrated support from a cross section of residents.

"It's a very good turnout," Mr. Hayden said.

"I think it shows the people of Baltimore County want good government more than anything else," he said.

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