District gains 7th candidate

January 17, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Eldersburg resident Philip R. Deitchman, a Democrat active in a South Carroll citizens' group, said Friday he will run for one of Carroll's 5th District delegate seats this year.

He is the third Democrat to announce for the race. Four Republicans have said they will run.

Carroll will have a new, third seat in the 5th District next year as a result of redistricting in 1991. District 5-A will have three delegates from Carroll, and District 5-B will not longer contain part of Carroll.

Mr. Deitchman, 36, is a self-employed distributor of electronic products such as home-alarm systems. In 1986, he ran for a delegate seat in District 5-B, which includes Carroll and Baltimore counties. Incumbent Lawrence A. LaMotte won the four-way primary. Mr. Deitchman finished third with 365 votes.

Also running in the September Democratic primary will be incumbent Richard N. Dixon, who has held his seat since 1983; and Ellen Leahy Willis of Westminster, who finished third in the 1990 general election behind Mr. Dixon; and incumbent Republican Richard C. Matthews.

Announced candidates on the Republican ticket are W. David Blair of Manchester, Jerome J. Joyce of Hampstead, Mr. Matthews of Hampstead and Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg.

The top three vote-getters from each party in the primary election will advance to the November general election.

L. Gregory Pecoraro, chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, said Mr. Deitchman has been active in county party politics for several years.

"Phil comes from South Carroll, which is an area clearly unrepresented in Carroll County politics, and that certainly will be helpful to him," Mr. Pecoraro said.

None of Carroll's legislators or county commissioners is from South Carroll.

Ms. Willis, who plans to announce her candidacy this spring, said, "I'm glad to hear Phil's in it. He's a fresh, new face. I wish him luck."

Mr. Deitchman, a Carroll resident since 1986, said he is most concerned about welfare reform. He said he liked an idea that Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced last week to require certain recipients to seek work.

He said he doesn't like to think about "healthy people sitting home watching talk shows and collecting money."

The state should help them learn marketable skills, Mr. Deitchman said, so "They will want to do better for themselves."

He also would like to see the tax rate lowered. "We are losing business because of the amount we charge in taxes," he said.

Asked his opinion on a 25-cent increase in the cigarette tax proposed by Governor Schaefer last week, Mr. Deitchman said, "I don't have a problem with a 25-cent tax on cigarettes" because of the health problems caused by smoking.

He said he would be a good legislator because he has a "knack for negotiating." He said he would be able to look at both sides of an issue and work toward a compromise.

Mr. Deitchman helped found the South Carroll Coalition, a citizens' group formed in late 1992 to deal with growth, zoning and other community issues.

In August, Governor Schaefer appointed him to the Springfield Hospital Center Citizens' Advisory Board, which takes residents' concerns to hospital administrators and helps ensure that patients are cared for properly.

Mr. Deitchman is treasurer of the Carroll County Democratic Club, president of the Oklahoma Estates Homeowners Association, a Boy Scout leader and a certified boating instructor.

He is a former first vice president of the Carroll County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a former vice chairman of the legislative committee for the state MADD chapter.

Before becoming self-employed about a year ago, Mr. Deitchman worked 12 years for R. K. Tongue, which sold insurance for the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

He has a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Towson State University and a master's degree from the University of Baltimore in industrial labor relations.

Mr. Deitchman and his wife, Heidi, have two sons, Andrew, 8, and Richard, 5.

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