27-year-old LaRouche supporter files for District 5 House seat

June 22, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

A 27-year-old Westminster resident is running for a District 5 House of Delegates seat as part of a statewide slate of candidates who support Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.

Eric R. Hirtle, a 1984 Westminster High School graduate, filed as a candidate recently. He also is running for the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee.

The LaRouche slate is called "Marylanders for the Revival of the American System" and is fielding about 25 candidates across the state.

Mr. LaRouche, who was released from prison in January after serving five years for fraud, is a perennial candidate for president. His supporters have run for state and local offices throughout the country.

The supporters are a "wing" of the Democratic Party, said Mark S. Nafziger, a candidate for lieutenant governor with the LaRouche slate.

Mr. Hirtle is the fourth Democrat to announce for the Carroll County District 5 delegate race, in which three seats are open. Eight Republicans also are running. The primary is Sept. 13.

Mr. Hirtle said yesterday that he thinks the government should offer tax credits and low-interest loans to help inventors and entrepreneurs start up and expand businesses that will produce goods. More investment should be made in areas such as space exploration and high-speed trains and other means of efficient transportation, he said.

"Our government isn't providing a way for entrepreneurs and inventors to take their ideas and make them a reality," said Mr. Hirtle, who works as a field inspector for a geotechnical engineering company in Baltimore County. He would not give the name of the company.

"I feel our country is in a full-scale depression right now. I have seen many people go to college who are now working at menial jobs."

He also said the government should help farmers by offering low-interest loans to upgrade equipment and expand production.

"The world needs food. I have heard our government is paying farmers not to grow food. With all the hungry people in the world, that is wrong," Mr. Hirtle said.

He received a bachelor's degree in geology in 1989 from the University of Maryland College Park and is a member of the Church of the Open Door in Westminster.

Mr. LaRouche was convicted in 1988 on 11 mail fraud charges and one court of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by deliberately defaulting on more than $30 million in loans from supporters of his presidential campaign. He has said that he will run again in 1996.

Other announced candidates for the District 5 delegate seats are:

* Republicans -- W. David Blair of Manchester; Julia W. Gouge, Jerome J. Joyce and incumbent Richard C. Matthews, all of Hampstead; Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg; and Nancy Stocksdale, Jerry L. Toadvine and Francis X. Walsh, all of Westminster.

* Democrats -- Philip R. Deitchman of Eldersburg, and incumbent Richard N. Dixon and Ellis L. Willis, both of Westminster.

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