Tempted by the lack of a Demo- cratic candidate for Baltimore County executive from the Eastside and the results of a poll he commissioned, Del. Joseph Bartenfelder is considering a shot at the county's top job.
Mr. Bartenfelder, 37, a Perry Hall farmer and member of the House of Delegates for 11 years, has not decided whether to run for executive or the 6th District County Council seat held by the council chairman, Republican William A. Howard IV.
He has said he's not interested in running for re-election to the House of Delegates.
Mr. Bartenfelder and Pat Gonzales of Mason-Dixon Opinion Research said a poll taken last week of 400 Democratic voters countywide showed that the delegate would be a viable candidate for executive, and a favorite son on the Eastside.
Mr. Gonzales said Mr. Bartenfelder showed he could be a favorite from his eastern area, as the other four potential executive candidates can be from their areas.
State Sen. Nancy L. Murphy and District Court Judge John C. Coolahan would do well in their southwestern county base, and County Councilman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger would run first in his central and northern county base, according to the poll.
County Councilman Melvin G. Mintz, who represents Pikesville-Randallstown, also appeared a favorite in his home area, Mr. Gonzales said.
"This thing is do-able," he said, referring to a Bartenfelder campaign.
The outcome of such a primary election would depend on how the regional favorites did outside their own home turf. For example, Mr. Ruppersberger scored second in the poll in Mr. Mintz's district.
Still, the July 5 filing deadline is months away, and only Mrs. Murphy has declared her candidacy publicly. However, Mr. Ruppersberger and Mr. Mintz actively are running.
Incumbent Executive Roger B. Hayden, a Republican, has one opponent, Donald Brewer of Dundalk.
In 1988, Mr. Bartenfelder ran for Maryland's 2nd District congressional seat, but lost badly to incumbent Republican Helen D. Bentley.
Mr. Bartenfelder said he would announced a final decision for 1994 after the General Assembly session ends in April.