Democrat Bartenfelder declares victory in Baltimore Co.'s 6th District PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS 1994

September 14, 1994|By Pat Gilbert | Pat Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Dan Thanh Dang and Elaine Tassy contributed to this article.

With four Baltimore County Council incumbents looking safe for the primary, the three vacant seats created the competition in the council races.

In the 6th District, Del. Joseph Bartenfelder, a Democrat, declared victory about 10:30 p.m., holding a huge lead over three challengers.

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 in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th districts.

The three vacancies were in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th districts. Two of the seats were vacated by incumbents who ran for county executive.

Mr. Bartenfelder, a farmer and 12-year member of the House of Delegates, declared victory at 10:30 p.m. He will face incumbent William A. Howard IV, who was unopposed, in the general election. "We're sending a message to Towson that we can elect a regular person, one of us," Mr. Bartenfelder said.

Mr. Bartenfelder defeated William A. Spiegel, Marie Q. Simoes, and Patrick G. McFaul Sr.

With 23 of 26 precincts reporting, Mr. Bartenfelder claimed more than 60 percent of the votes.

One thing was certain in the 7th District: The winner of the Democratic contest between colorful, outspoken Del. Louis L. DePazzo -- a heavy favorite -- and Jean Jung, former county zoning and housing official, will take over for Donald C. Mason, who didn't seek re-election. No Republican ran.

The Moving To Opportunity program that has angered many Eastside residents could have an impact in the 7th District race. Ms. Jung is president of the nonprofit Community Assistance Network, which is handling counseling work for MTO.

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.

In the 2nd District, Kevin L. Kamenetz, county Democratic Party chairman, was expected to win the seat vacated by Melvin G. Mintz, who ran for county executive.

Mr. Kamenetz, 36, a lawyer, faced primary opposition from Dana M. Stein, 35, a lawyer; William A. Gray III, 52, a career state employee; Linda Dorsey Walker, 40, a health and human services consultant; and Bernard "Bud" Toback, 64, a salesman.

If the political activity in the newly created 10th Legislative District -- the first predominantly black district -- drew a larger than expected vote, Mr. Gray and Ms. Walker could benefit in the council race.

Lively Democratic and Republican primaries in the 3rd District spiced up the race to succeed Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, an executive candidate. Four Democrats and four Republicans ran.

I. William "Bill" Chase, 47, a lawyer and county Planning Board member, was the favorite to win the Democratic nomination. He had stiff opposition from Elwood H. "Woody" Banister, recently retired county fire chief. The other Democrats -- Malcolm C. Davis, a former law enforcement officer, and James D. Keel Jr., a retired county police lieutenant -- are political novices.

On the Republican side, Patrick D. Meadowcroft, a rural north county businessman; T. Bryan McIntire, a lawyer and vice president of the Glyndon Community Association; and Edward W. Veit, former president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, ran a competitive race. Henry J. Merchant, a knife salesman, had name recognition from his 1990 race against Mr. Ruppersberger, but campaigned little.

In the 1st District, George A. Abendschoen, 59, a former aide to Republican County Executive Roger B. Hayden, and Steven G. "Sam" Moxley, 35, a lawyer and Democratic Central Committee member, were vying to oppose incumbent Republican Berchie L. Manley.

Mrs. Manley, a first-term council member, was opposed by Paul F. Knipe, 30, a martial arts instructor.

Republican incumbent Douglas B. Riley appeared likely to win in the 4th District over newcomer Thomas V. Morris. Democrat John J. Appel Jr. was unopposed.

In the 5th District, incumbent Democrat Vincent J. Gardina faced possible backlash from MTO.

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.

Several voters yesterday said they oppose MTO but don't "blame" Mr. Gardina for it.

"At least he showed up at the MTO meetings, unlike the other politicians," said John Theis, 41, voting at Hawthorne Elementary School.

Mr. Gardina was opposed by Adam E. Paul Sr., 62, a retired county police captain, and Robert J. Hogan, a contractor. Republican Thomas Rzepnicki was unopposed.

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