Endorsing in Council Districts 6 and 7

August 04, 1994

Extending from the northeast boundary of Baltimore City to the Harford County line, Baltimore County's Sixth Councilmanic District seems tailor-made for Democratic candidate Joseph Bartenfelder. A legislative delegate from the area for the past 12 years, Mr. Bartenfelder has the family name, the organization and the experience that have made him the front-runner in the Democratic primary.

But first the Perry Hall resident will have to vanquish some able opponents. They include Marie Simoes, a retired county school teacher and a White Marsh community activist, and William Spiegel of Rosedale, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric supervisor. Both have accumulated impressive credentials as professionals and neighborhood leaders. Either would probably make a good nominee for the general election.

Our endorsement, however, goes to Mr. Bartenfelder. Though never a legislative stand-out, he has been a dependable performer with a concerned awareness of not just his district but the region as a whole. He claims that his state experience will provide the Baltimore County government with the Annapolis connection it has lacked during the current term. We see this as a key point in his candidacy's favor. (And we'll hold him to it if he is elected to the seat in November.)

In the Republican primary, Sixth District incumbent William Howard faces no opposition.

The Democratic contest in the Seventh Councilmanic District, in the county's southeast corner, also features a veteran legislative fish looking for a smaller pond. That would be Louis DePazzo, the crusty ex-Marine who is admired in Dundalk but who achieved little of substance at the state capital. The prospect of Mr. DePazzo's grandstanding and demagogy on the council -- and, in the process, hurting his district -- is not heartening. We strongly endorse his lone opponent, long-time county government official and Dundalk resident Jean Jung. Some question whether she has the campaign savvy useful to an office-seeker, but she can make up for this shortcoming with her intelligence and her extensive knowledge of the way local government works.

Because the Republicans failed to field a candidate, the winner of the Democratic primary will automatically gain the Seventh District seat.

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