'Nipper' Schafer in line for Arnick's House seat

January 27, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Edward G. "Nipper" Schafer, a Rosdale trash hauler and veteran political operative, is the front-runner for the House of Delegates vacancy created by John S. Arnick's appointment to a District Court judgeship.

Mr. Schafer, 63, is serving his fourth term on the five-member Democratic State Central Committee, and has emerged as a consensus candidate the other committee members can support, said state Senator Norman R. Stone Jr., D-Baltimore County.

"I just want to see the thing done . . . with the least number of people upset," Senator Stone said yesterday. "He seems to be somebody who everybody can agree on."

With the General Assembly's 90-day legislative session already two weeks old, Senator Stone said he wants to get Mr. Arnick's replacement working in Annapolis as soon as possible. Mr. Arnick's resignation from the General Assembly becomes effective today.

His replacement will serve out the final two years of his term, and then can run for election to a full term in 1994.

Mr. Schafer, described as a friendly, loyal committee member and poll worker since 1950, offered the easiest choice for a quick, quiet vote, Senator Stone added.

Robert R. Staab, a former state delegate and a candidate for Mr. Arnick's seat, yesterday conceded Mr. Schafer appears to be the winner. Mr. Staab and another former delegate, Joseph "Sonny" Minnick, initially seemed to be the favorites. In 1990, Mr. Minnick lost his bid for election to the General Assembly by only six votes.

Mr. Schafer, who lives in the 8300 block of Pulaski Highway, said he grew up on his parents' Rosedale farm. He said he got his nickname when he was 3 or 4 years old but doesn't know why "Nipper" was chosen. He owns and operates Schafer's Trash Removal, which collects residential and commercial trash in Essex, he said.

The county State Central Committee is to meet at the Towson library Monday evening to formally choose Mr. Arnick's successor.

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