Police group backing Bartenfelder

June 03, 1994|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police announced this week that it is supporting Del. Joseph Bartenfelder for County Council from the 6th District in the Democratic primary.

The endorsement brought with it a $1,000 campaign contribution and, ultimately, workers from the FOP for election day.

"Joe Bartenfelder has been a friend to police and supporter of law enforcement issues for the past 12 years as a legislator," said Lt. L. Timothy Caslin, president of FOP Lodge No. 4.

Lieutenant Caslin said the FOP has endorsed Mr. Bartenfelder in past campaigns, including a run for Congress in 1988.

Mr. Bartenfelder said he considers the endorsement significant.

The FOP's decision also was fueled by action by incumbent 6th District Councilman William A. Howard IV to support a 1-cent reduction in the county property tax rate rather than seek more money for additional police officers, firefighters and teachers, Lieutenant Caslin said.

Mr. Howard, a first-term Republican serving this year as council chairman, rejected a proposal by three council members to reduce County Executive Roger B. Hayden's budget by $1.5 million and use the money to hire more police officers, firefighters and teachers.

The three council members initially had the support of Republican Councilwoman Berchie L. Manley, but Mr. Howard persuaded her to support a tax cut, instead.

"It's to be expected," Mr. Howard said of the FOP endorsement. "Joe cultivated those special interests for years in Annapolis."

Earlier, the FOP had endorsed 5th District incumbent Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a former county police officer.

Lieutenant Caslin said the FOP board has not taken up the races in the other five council districts.

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