Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann confirmed yesterday that she will seek re-election to the county post she has held since 1990.
"There is more to do," Mrs. Rehrmann told an enthusiastic, noisy crowd of about 500 at the Harford Equestrian Center in Bel Air.
Chanting "four more years," supporters clapped and cheered as teal, yellow and white balloons floated toward the ceiling. A disc jockey played "Taking Care of Business," as Mrs. Rehrmann stepped up to the podium.
"We have set a solid foundation for the future," said the 49-year-old Democrat. "And we'll have four more years."
During the late afternoon kickoff event, a group of elected officials, others seeking office and campaign volunteers had gathered to see Mrs. Rehrmann and also to be seen. Hands were shaken and shoulders clasped, as the crowd mingled and munched on pit beef sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and a variety of salads before Mrs. Rehrmann's announcement.
Mrs. Rehrmann, a resident of Bel Air and a former elementary school teacher, began her political career in 1979 when she was elected Bel Air town commissioner.
She then was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1982 and re-elected in 1986.
As a delegate for the 34th District, she served on the appropriations committee.
The county executive also is the recipient of numerous %o community service awards. Some of her awards include the League of Women Voters Leadership Award, the Maryland Municipal League Distinguished Service Award and the Maryland Child Care Association Achievement Award.
Yesterday's campaign kickoff event was sponsored by the Friends of Eileen Rehrmann.
Mrs. Rehrmann said she would officially file for re-election this week. Her only announced opponent is Ron Szczybor, a Republican who has not filed yet.
Mr. Szczybor, an Abingdon resident is on the County Council's Budget Advisory Board and was a member of the 1991-1992 Fiscal and Budget Review Committee. He is co-owner of the Maryland Sports Arena in Edgewood.
Candidates have until July 5 to file with the Board of Elections.