Elkridge businessman planning Senate race in 12th District sets fund-raiser

May 01, 1994|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer

An Elkridge businessman who plans to run for the Senate from the redrawn 12th District hopes to add $4,000 to his campaign coffer through a fund-raising event tonight.

David Maier is holding a $25-per-person reception at Oakland Manor in Columbia. The 37-year-old Republican, who estimates that it will cost about $25,000 to finance the election, has raised about $4,000.

In addition to finances, he is concentrating on endorsements for a primary election run that will focus on the issues of community, education and crime.

The host committee for tonight's reception includes Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker, Baltimore County Councilwoman Berchie Lee Manley, state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, a 14th District Republican, and Del. Martin G. Madden, a Republican from District 13B.

"They're all my friends," Mr. Maier said. "It was not difficult at all" to gain their endorsement, he said.

The redrawn 12th District includes West Columbia and parts of Elkridge in Howard County and parts of the Catonsville and Arbutus areas of Baltimore County.

The incumbent, Sen. Nancy L. Murphy, a Democrat, is running for Baltimore County executive.

Mr. Maier, who has a home improvement business, said his lifelong residence in Elkridge has made him sensitive to the needs of senior citizens. He wants affordable housing built in areas that have large concentrations of senior citizens.

"We're talking about creating community," he said. "I think it's a crime for senior citizens to have to leave their community after 30 and 40 years."

Mr. Maier is involved with Shelter Development Corp., a Baltimore-based property management, investment and lending company that is building a 97-unit senior citizen apartment complex near the Elkridge Branch Library.

The project, which will rent apartments for $400 a month, should be a model for senior citizens housing, he said.

"It's a win-win situation for everybody," Mr. Maier said. "It'll provide a place for seniors to live in without leaving their community."

Mr. Maier also wants to see more emphasis on academics in the school system. He said educators are spending too much time raising self-esteem rather than concentrating on academic basics.

He and his wife, Denise Maier, educate their children at home.

Crime also is a major concern for Mr. Maier, who wants criminals to serve their full sentences.

Long active in local politics, Mr. Maier served as chairman of the Howard County Republican Central Committee from 1980 to 1981. He has participated in many political campaigns, including those of Mr. Madden and Mr. Ecker.

But he has also participated in some projects that have drawn fire. Last month, for example, he agreed to help two Columbia developers market a 17-acre site off U.S. 1, a project that could feature a retirement community, fast-food restaurant and flea market. The proposals for a fast-food restaurant and flea market have been strongly opposed by some Elkridge residents.

Mr. Maier is a founding member of the Elkridge Business and Professional Association and belongs to the Elkridge Community Association. He is a member of the Howard County Transportation Board.

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