Bartenfelder running for Baltimore County Council CAMPAIGN 1994

April 18, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

After wavering for weeks, Del. Joseph Bartenfelder has decided to run for County Council and not for Baltimore County executive.

The 37-year-old farmer-legislator from Perry Hall made his announcement yesterday at a bull roast at Martin's Eastwind.

The decision leaves the populous east side of the county, traditionally a power base in county politics, without a favorite son on the Democratic side of the executive race.

Instead, Mr. Bartenfelder will run for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District council seat, now held by Republican William . Howard IV, who was elected in 1990.

"I really was looking at the county executive's race," Mr. Bartenfelder said Friday.

A poll he recently took showed that "I can win" as an executive candidate, he said. But he decided not to run because of the obligations of rearing a young family, he said.

"I have twins who will be 1 year old in June," Mr. Bartenfelder said. His two other children are 5 and 9.

After "running, running, running" back and forth to Annapolis during the 1994 legislative session, the three-term delegate said he realized he just couldn't leave the entire burden of child-rearing to his wife.

"The time's not right for me with my family," he said.

The delegate is by far the strongest Democratic candidate to declare for the 6th District council race. In 1990, a year in which both his fellow 8th District Democratic delegates were defeated by Republicans, Mr. Bartenfelder was the top vote-getter in the general election.

He said that he wants to run for county office because much of his time would be spent on constituent service, and he was disgusted with his experience this year in Annapolis with what he felt was a "do-nothing legislature." County office will allow him to have a more direct impact on people's lives, he said.

Also running for the Democratic nomination in the district, which includes Fullerton, Perry Hall and Parkville, are Marie Q. Simoes, Patrick G. McFaul Sr. and William A. Spiegel.

With Mr. Bartenfelder's decision not to run for county executive, the best-known candidates likely to enter the Democratic primary are state Sen. Nancy L. Murphy of Catonsville, County Councilmen Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Timonium, Melvin G. Mintz of Pikesville and possibly District Judge John C. Coolahan of Halethorpe. Kevin Pearl, 27, a Woodlawn resident and follower of Lyndon LaRouche, also is running as a Democrat.

Incumbent Executive Roger B. Hayden has one opponent for thRepublican nomination -- Donald Brewer of Dundalk.

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