Arnick considers a race to win back his old seat

September 16, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

John S. Arnick is mulling an effort to reclaim his old seat in the Maryland House of Delegates because no clear favorite has emerged to succeed Edward G. "Nipper" Schafer, who died last month.

State Sen. Norman R. Stone, the 7th District Democrat who represents the Dundalk area, said that Mr. Arnick has talked with him about the vacant seat, but has not said if he wants it.

Mr. Arnick, who was elected to the now-vacant seat in 1990, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

He resigned in January to accept a District Court judgeship, but was forced from that post amid controversy over degrading remarks he made to women while a legislator. He was said to be in line for a full-time state government job, but that job hasn't materialized.

The Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee is to meet Sept. 27 at the Towson library to recommend Mr. Schafer's replacement to the governor.

Mr. Schafer's death from a heart attack during a softball game in Towson Aug. 31 shocked his Dundalk colleagues, many of whom witnessed his collapse. The resulting unease has delayed the usual jockeying for position.

"The way this happened this time . . . I just don't want to. . . . It's touchy. I was there when Nipper died," said Anthony Narutowicz, a central committee member.

Mr. Narutowicz said that he "wouldn't mind" serving the legislative term himself, but he still hasn't fully recovered from seeing his old friend die.

The Central Committee has 30 days from the time the vacancy occurs to recommend someone to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who then has 15 days to appoint the person.

Before a delegate can be chosen, however, two seats on the Central Committee must be filled -- "Nipper" Schafer's and another in the county's 10th Legislative District, said Chairman Kevin Kamenetz.

Several Dundalk political figures are possible contenders for the delegates' slot, though no one has submitted written resumes to Dundalk's four remaining Central Committee members.

Former Dels. Robert R. Staab and Joseph "Sonny" Minnick expressed an interest last year but haven't this year.

Mr. Minnick lost the seat to Mr. Arnick by six votes in the 1990 primary.

Thomas Baldwin, a former county planning board member, also has expressed interest in the vacancy, as has Stanley Pianowski, who recently left his post as county liquor board administrator.

His wife, Marlene Pianowski, is a Central Committee member.

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