Four Baltimore County Council incumbents easily won their primaries and a state delegate became the first council member to be elected for the next term.
In the 7th District, colorful and controversial state Del. Louis L. DePazzo trounced rival Jean Jung in the Democratic primary and faces no opposition in the general election from Republicans.
Mr. DePazzo, a lawyer, won with 77 percent of the vote.
With most of the votes counted, incumbents winning were Republicans Berchie L. Manley in the 1st and Douglas B. Riley in the 4th and Democrat Vincent J. Gardina in the 5th. Republican William A. Howard IV was unopposed in the GOP Primary in the 6th.
Unlike 1990, when a wave of anti-incumbency feeling washed out five of the seven incumbents, there were no burning issues in the primary facing the incumbents.
The three vacancies were in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th districts. Two of the seats were vacated by incumbents who ran for county executive.
In the 5th District, Mr. Gardina, who took considerable heat over the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program, still won big in the Democratic primary.
Mr. Gardina had 76 percent of the vote to 15 percent for Adam E. Paul Sr., his nearest rival and chief critic.
MTO is funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by Baltimore City. It would relocate 285 poverty-level families from the inner city to Section 8 subsidized rental units in more affluent communities in the city and surrounding counties.
The County Council had no role in the MTO program but local residents took out their wrath on Mr. Gardina at community meetings this summer. He later came out in opposition to the program.
Several voters yesterday said they opposed MTO but didn't "blame" Mr. Gardina for it.
"At least he showed up at the MTO meetings, unlike the other politicians," said John Theis, 41, after voting for Mr. Gardina at Hawthorne Elementary School.
Mr. Gardina had feared a possible backlash from the MTO program.
Whipped up by election rhetoric, MTO was the most talked about issue on the Eastside. At several raucous meetings, Mr. Gardina was the target of citizen anger.
Ken Robbins, 72, voting at Essex Elementary, said MTO was a federal issue, not local.
"I don't think Vince Gardina will suffer at all because of it," Mr. Robbins correctly prediced.
Mr. Gardina was opposed by Mr. Paul, 62, a retired county police captain, and Robert J. Hogan, a contractor. Republican Thomas Rzepnicki was unopposed.
MTO may have had an impact in the 7th District race. Ms. Jung is president of the nonprofit Community Assistance Network, which is handling counseling work for MTO. Mr. DePazzo lead the opposition to MTO.
In the 1st District Democratic Primary, Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a lawyer and Democratic State Central Committee member, continued to hold a 53 percent to 47 percent lead early today over George A. Abendschoen, who had been an aide to Republican County Executive Roger B. Hayden, for the right to ** take on Republican Manley. Mrs. Manley easily defeated Paul F. Knipe.
For the 2nd District seat vacated by incumbent Melvin G. Mintz, who ran and lost for county executive, Kevin Kamenetz, a lawyer and county Democratic Party Chairman, led his main challenger, lawyer Dana M. Stein, with 53 percent of the vote to 25 percent for Mr. Stein.
Linda Dorsey Walker and William A. Gray III, two black candidates in the district with the most black residents, ran third and fourth, respectively.
Republican Jacqueline A. Fleming was unopposed.
In the 3rd District, I. William Chase held a comfortable lead over former county fire chief Elwood H. Banister in the Democratic primary.
Mr. Chase had 57 percent of the vote to Mr. Banister's 25 percent.
With 43 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, lawyer T. Bryan McIntire of Glyndon was maintaining a lead early today over Edward W. Veit of Parkton, former president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, who had 33 percent.
The seat became vacant when incumbent Democrat Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III decided to run for county executive. He won the Democratic primary handily for executive.
In the 4th District, Mr. Riley apparently won a huge victory over his only rival, Thomas V. Morris. One of the leaders of the council in this last term, Mr. Riley had a 75 percent to 25 percent margin over Mr. Morris. Democrat John J. Appel. Jr. was unopposed.
In the 6th District Democratic primary, Del. Joseph Bartenfelder declared victory about 10:30 p.m., while holding a huge lead over three political novice challengers.
"We're sending a message to Towson that we can elect a regular person, one of us," Mr. Bartenfelder said, a farmer and 12-year member of the House of Delegates.
.` He had 72 percent of the vote.
180 of 180 precincts - 100 %
* - denotes incumbent
DEMOCRAT ......... .......... Votes ..... %
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger ... 48,487 ... 53%
Melvin G. Mintz ............. 28,181 ... 31%
John C. Coolahan ............ 12,642 ... 14%