Westminster Republican Jerry Toadvine to run for delegate in 5th District

May 01, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Westminster Republican Jerry L. Toadvine announced Friday that he will run for a 5th District House of Delegates seat this year.

Mr. Toadvine, 34, is on the Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission and is a former vice president of the Carroll County Board of Elections Supervisors.

He is the eighth Republican to announce for the race. Three Democrats also have said they are running in the Sept. 13 primary.

Carroll's 5th District will have three delegate seats next year as a result of redistricting.

Mr. Toadvine, who owns a title business, said he plans to spend the summer knocking on doors to tell residents his name, which he acknowledges is memorable, and about his desire to serve in Annapolis.

"People have said to me, 'You can't win with a name like Toadvine.' My name is rather unique. It'll get attention," he said.

He's counting on people to remember it, and if they ask its origins, he'll tell them he's proud of his family, which can be traced to the Eastern Shore in the 1600s.

Mr. Toadvine said he also wants voters to know he has a conservative philosophy, but is not afraid of change.

"I don't believe the right way to do things is to keep everything the way it was 100 years ago, or 25 years, or five years," he said.

"Carroll County is a conservative community. There's a consistent thread that runs through this community that government ought to be doing a better job of keeping a lid on expenses. Government is not designed to cure every ill."

His campaign will focus on crime, the economy and education, he said. His slogan is, "Ideas that make sense; commitment to make them a reality."

This September primary will be the second time voters have seen Mr. Toadvine's name on a ballot. In 1990, he ran as one of 17 candidates for seven seats on the Carroll County Republican Central Committee. He lost in the primary with 1,467 votes.

He said his combination of education and work and civic experience would make him a good delegate. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1987 and has owned his own business since 1983.

"We need people in government who not only have experience in business, but want to stay in business," he said.

Mr. Toadvine said that although some voters may think he's coming out of nowhere to run, he has been politically active since he was young.

"I came out of the woodwork when I was 15 years old," he said. He said he campaigned then for Raymond E. Beck, a Republican delegate from Carroll in the 1970s. Mr. Beck later became a state senator and now is a Carroll circuit judge.

Mr. Toadvine, a 1977 graduate of South Carroll High School, received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida.

He is a member of the new Greater Westminster Development Corp. and secretary of the Board of Managers at the Carroll County Family YMCA.

He has been married for 13 years to Patricia Pritt Toadvine. They have two children -- Robert, 7, and Vicky, 5.

Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Republican who has held a 5th District seat since 1967, has said he will run again.

Other Republicans who have announced for the race are W. David Blair of Manchester, County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge of Hampstead, Jerome J. Joyce of Hampstead, Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg, Nancy R. Stocksdale of Westminster and Francis X. Walsh of Westminster.

Democrats in the primary race so far are Del. Richard N. Dixon, who has held his seat since 1983, Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg and Ellen L. Willis of Westminster.

The 5th District will have a third seat as the result of redistricting in 1991 that takes effect with this year's elections. The district no longer will include part of Baltimore County and will not be divided into subdistricts 5A and 5B.

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