Del. Arnick won't resign until after legislature begins Staab, Minnick among replacements

January 08, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Dundalk residents hoping to be named to replace Del. John S. Arnick, D-7th, who has been chosen for a District Court judgeship, will have to wait a few more weeks.

Mr. Arnick doesn't plan to resign his legislative office until Jan. 26 or 27, the day he is scheduled to be sworn in as a judge. The General Assembly's 90-day session begins Jan. 13.

"I have to clean up my stuff," Mr. Arnick says, explaining the timing of his resignation, but not elaborating.

Under the state Constitution, the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee has to submit the name of Mr. Arnick's replacement to Gov. William Donald Schaefer within 30 days of Mr. Arnick's resignation.

Kevin B. Kamenetz, committee chairman, says he plans to put a notice of the vacancy in local newspapers once the resignation is official. A public meeting when candidates will be allowed to speak to the committee will be held within 12 days.

Mr. Kamenetz says he wants the entire 36-member county state central committee to vote on Mr. Arnick's replacement, rather than have the decision made by the smaller 7th Legislative District committee from Dundalk.

That decision already has upset Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., D.-7th, who represents Dundalk and thinks the local committee should make the decision.

"It would set a terrible precedent" to open up the vote to the entire committee, he says.

Joseph Leshko, one of the five Dundalk committee members, will not be eligible to vote because he has moved to Pennsylvania, Mr. Kamenetz says. Mr. Leshko's replacement will be selected before the vote from one of four at-large central committee members, Mr. Kamenetz says.

Among those seeking to replace Mr. Arnick are former Del. Robert R. Staab, who left the legislature in 1988 to become director of Recreation and Parks under former County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen, and former Del. Joseph "Sonny" Minnick, who was appointed to Mr. Staab's place. In 1990, Mr. Minnick lost his bid for election to a full, four-year term by six votes. Mr. Staab lost his county job when Roger B. Hayden took over as county executive in December 1990.

Dundalk political observers say that central committee members Edward D. "Nipper" Schafer and Anthony Narutowicz and perennial candidate Jacob J. Mohorovic, who lost a 1990 County Council bid, also are interested in replacing Mr. Arnick.

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