Late Filings Crowd Races For Crofton Board

March 03, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

The president of the Crofton Civic Association will run unopposed inthe special tax district's May election, but most of the other boardpositions have at least two candidates vying for the same seat.

The filing deadline was Sunday, and no one signed up to face Ed Dosek,who won a bitterly contested election in 1990 and now wants a secondterm.

But two of the people Dosek and his running-mate beat two years ago are back, though they are running for neighborhood district seats and are not challenging Dosek or the current vice president, John Maloney.

Maloney will not run unopposed, however. He will face Keith O'Kelley, who could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Cathy Trebelhorn, who lost to Dosek for the presidency in the last election, is running in neighborhood District 2 against incumbent Wes Coghill. John Morone, who lost his bid for vice president, will run against incumbent Kathy Puhak in District 3.

In all, 25 people are running for the 13 board positions, including James Mount, a former assistant state's attorney and a judge on the U.S. Army Board of Review. He is running against incumbent James Collett for director of operations, maintenance and public safety.

Mary Feeley, who runs an antique store on Route 450 is running for the first time in District 5 against another newcomer, Robert Darrow. "I would like to see the board open up a new direction -- be less confrontational with citizens," she said.

Another new candidate, Jon Grant, a partner in a Washington architectural firm, is running for director of planning and zoning against Randy Holt. Grant said the rise in population places a special burden on the board to ensure "growth doesn't go unchecked."

Last week, Dosek was the only candidate who had signed up to run. "Friday was a busy day for us," said Ed Reilly, chairman of the nominating certification committee.

Five of the 13 board members chose not to seek re-election, with most citing time constraints. Puhak said last week that she probably would not run, but changed her mind.

Along with Dosek, Ken Folstein, the current director of recreation and youth, and Ed Ganing, a newcomer in District 6, are unopposed.

One of the most crowded positions is secretary, which is currently held by Gene Drury, who is not seeking re-election. Jack Zwirn, a Crofton Orchards resident who frequently attends meetings and has actively sought covenant enforcement, said the community "needs a friend."

The former federal attorney, who worked for the Merit Systems Protection Board deciding employee appeals in Washington, said he wants to "help keep Crofton the way we all hope it should be . . . There are a lot of things that have to be done."

Martin A. Szostek, also a candidate for secretary, said he wants to maintain property values in Crofton. "Serving on the board is one way to maintain the high standard of the waywe live."

He said the current board is doing a good job "in trying to maintain a wealth of services at a time income is coming down. We all have to be fiscally responsible as well as repond to the needs of our citizens."

The other candidate for secretary, Becky Daniels, who served on the board in mid-1980s and currently is researching the history of Crofton, said she wants to be "back in the decision-making position again."

The 22-year resident said she is opposed to the community incorporating, wants to make sure covenants are enforcedand wants to see the Crofton police force regain responsibilities itrecently turned over to the county.

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