Attorney enters Republican primary for District 5 House seat

June 17, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Westminster attorney Francis X. Walsh announced this week that he is running as a Republican for a District 5 House of Delegates seat "to counteract liberal pressures" in Annapolis.

Mr. Walsh, 55, switched to the Republican Party last year. This will be his fourth try for state office and his first as a Republican.

"Carroll County needs a strong voice in Annapolis to counteract the continual liberal pressures for more spending on existing and new programs," he said in a written statement.

"I will fight against the continual liberal pressures for increasing taxes to support those programs."

Mr. Walsh is the eighth Republican to announce for the race. Three Democrats are running. The primary is Sept. 13.

District 5 in Carroll County will have a third delegate seat beginning next year as a result of redistricting. The district no longer will include part of Baltimore County and will not be divided into subdistricts 5A and 5B.

Mr. Walsh said his campaign will focus on crime control, budget control and job stability.

He said Maryland residents have the right to feel safe in their homes and on the streets, prison should be a deterrent to crime, and prisoners should not be released early on parole.

He is opposed to raising gasoline taxes on grounds that an increase would place a burden on Carroll residents who commute out of the county to work.

He also wants to attract new business to the state.

"Businesses mean jobs. The legislature can help create this proper business climate," Mr. Walsh said.

"I will not be obligated to any special interest other than the public interest."

Mr. Walsh said he changed political parties because he believed the Democratic Party was becoming too liberal.

"I feel more comfortable in the Republican Party," he said in April.

In 1990, Mr. Walsh lost in the primary to former Carroll Commissioner Jeff Griffith by 1,652 votes, 4,971 to 3,319, in the race for the District 5 state Senate seat. In 1986, Mr. Walsh ran for a District 5A delegate seat and advanced to the general election, where he lost to incumbents Richard N. Dixon and Richard C. Matthews, receiving 7,207 votes.

In 1982, he again ran for a District 5A delegate seat, placing third in the primary behind Mr. Dixon and John T. Willis and receiving 2,211 votes.

Mr. Walsh has been married for 30 years to the former Celeste Caton. They have three children.

Other announced candidates for the three District 5 delegate seats are:

* Republicans: W. David Blair of Manchester; Julia W. Gouge, Jerome J. Joyce and Mr. Matthews, all of Hampstead; Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg; and Nancy Stocksdale and Jerry L. Toadvine, both of Westminster.

* Democrats: Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg; and Mr. Dixon and Ellis L. Willis, both of Westminster.

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