Redistricting will produce a new look for city delegation CAMPAIGN 1994

July 07, 1994|By Eric Siegel and JoAnna Daemmrich | Eric Siegel and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writers

Oriole and CFL football fans aren't the only ones who could use score cards this summer: Voters interested in following the races for Baltimore's legislative delegation might find them useful as well.

The political three R's -- redistricting, retirement and races for other offices -- guarantee that no matter what happens at the ballot box, the delegation will have a new look when the General Assembly convenes in January.

They also assure that between now and the Sept. 13 primary election, there will be some familiar names and faces in some strange and different places. There will also be some familiar names in familiar places -- former officeholders, offspring of former elected officials and city officials looking to move up a level.

As to be expected in the heavily Democratic city, the hot primary races are all on the Democratic side. Republicans filed in only half the city's districts. While primaries will be held, GOP candidates will move on to the November general election as long as they get one vote.

The key factor in being able to track the races is that redistricting has shrunk the number of city legislative districts from nine to eight.

"The downsizing adds to the usual attrition of people who decide to retire or get knocked off," says Henry W. Bogdan, the city's chief Annapolis lobbyist.

The old center-city 39th District is now the 44th. And the old 44th -- encompassing Bolton Hill, parts of Roland Park and stretching to Northeast Baltimore -- is no more.

Though not as dramatic, other boundary changes still could be significant. South Baltimore's 47th and Northwest Baltimore's 42nd now spill over into Baltimore County. And two largely county districts cross over the city line, the 8th in Northeast Baltimore and the newly created 10th in West Baltimore.

One direct effect of the changes is the departure of State Sen. Julian L. "Jack" Lapides, who represented Bolton Hill for nearly a third of a century. Mr. Lapides has announced he will be a candidate for City Comptroller in 1995.

Another is that Del. Delores G. Kelley, a first-term House member from the 42nd, is now a candidate for state Senate from the hybrid 10th.

A more subtle effect could be the quality of the races.

"I see a lot of spirited contests," says State Sen John A. Pica Jr., chairman of the city's Senate delegation. "Redistricting always ignites more contests than usual. People see an opportunity when they see new turf."

One of the most spirited of those contests should be in Mr. Pica's own district, the redrawn 43rd in Northeast Baltimore. Mr. Pica is being challenged for his Senate seat by Del. Curtis S. Anderson, a black lawyer who represented the old 44th District. And blacks now make up about 58 percent of the district.

Four years ago, Mr. Pica defeated now city Councilman Martin O'Malley by just 43 votes.

Another refugee from the 44th, Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr., is seeking a House seat from the 43rd. Among those joining Mr. Montague are 43rd incumbents Gerald J. Curran and Ann Marie Doory. Also running is William B. Henry II, currently on leave from his job as an aide to City Council President Mary Pat Clarke.

Incumbent Henry R. Hergenroeder Jr., a seven-term delegate, is not seeking re-election in the 43rd.

The final incumbent from the old 44th, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, is seeking a House seat in the 42nd District. Three other incumbents -- the 42nd's Sanford "Sandy" Rosenberg and James W. Campbell and Leon Albin, who represented Baltimore County's 11th -- and three other challengers are also vying for three House seats in the district.

On the Senate side, incumbent Barbara A. Hoffman, is unopposed in her primary bid for a fourth term in the 42nd.

But State Sen. Nathan C. Irby, who was first elected to the Senate with Ms. Hoffman in 1982 from East Baltimore's 45th District, is not seeking a fourth term. His self-described "sabbatical" sets up what promises to be a tough fight between former City Councilman Nathaniel J. McFadden and current City Councilman Carl Stokes, the man who defeated him for a 2nd District seat in 1987.

In the name's-the-same tradition of Baltimore politics, a third candidate, Clyde A. Stokes, is also seeking Mr. Irby's vacated seat.

On the House side in the 45th, John W. Douglass, a delegate since 1971, is also retiring. That leaves incumbents Hattie Harrison and Clarence "Tiger" Davis, to battle with seven challengers, including environmentalist Kelley Ray.

The Senate seat in East Baltimore's 46th has also opened up, thanks to the gubernatorial candidacy of incumbent American Joe Miedusiewski. Filing for his seat are 1st District Councilman Perry Sfikas; Del. Anthony M. DiPietro Jr. and Thomas Siemek.

House candidates from the 46th include incumbents Carolyn Krysiak and Cornell N. Dypski, and former City Councilman John A. Schaefer.

In the 47th, Del. Paul Weisengoff, a fixture in the city's House delegation since 1967, is not seeking re-election.

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