District 3 opponents, having set out on high road, proceed with attacks CAMPAIGN 1994

September 16, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

The race for Pasadena's 3rd District seat between first-term incumbent Carl G. "Dutch" Holland and Thomas Redmond is shaping up as one of the closest and toughest County Council campaigns.

Both sides insist they'll be taking the high road, but fear the other side will wage a negative campaign.

"I'm not going to enter into any mudslinging or innuendo," Mr. Holland said after his primary victory. "We just went through a campaign of innuendo and hearsay, and I refuse to lower myself to that degree."

But for all their talk about a genteel race, each candidate seemed ready to hone in on his opponent's weaknesses. Each has an issue on which he is vulnerable.

Mr. Holland mentions Mr. Redmond's problems with the zoning of his auto salvage business.

"The thing is, this man wants to be a legislator and make laws, but he has trouble adhering to the law," Mr. Holland said, referring to the revocation of Mr. Redmond's special exception to operate his auto salvaging. Mr. Redmond lost his license because he failed to abide by conditions laid down by the administrative hearing officer. The matter is under appeal.

During the primary, Mr. Holland was criticized for accepting a large proportion of his campaign donations from developers and other companies associated with the building and housing industry. He also was blamed for overdevelopment in Pasadena and Marley Neck, traffic along Mountain Road and overcrowding in the schools.

Mr. Redmond said he would continue to stress the development and school overcrowding issues, which he said are largely the result of waivers granted to the county's adequate facilities ordinance.

The county administration -- specifically the Office of Planning and Code Enforcement -- grants the waivers, not the County Council. In the Pasadena area, slightly more than 20 waivers have been granted, most for single family homes. As for traffic along Mountain Road, that is a state highway and the state's responsibility.

"I don't mind being criticized for the things I have control over," Mr. Holland said. "But I refuse to be criticized for things I have no control over and which I have tried to rectify to the extent that I can."

Mr. Redmond said he doesn't buy that explanation.

"He could have introduced a piece of legislation to stop the waivers," he said. "Being the same party affiliation, he could have an influence on [Anne Arundel County Executive] Mr. [Robert R.] Neall. And if you look at who his contributors are, it makes you wonder. The average person doesn't contribute to his campaign."

Political observers believe it will be a tight race.

Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, said he thinks Mr. Holland faces an anti-incumbent movement. "Holland wants to be a kingmaker, but he just doesn't seem to be able to keep people together long enough," he said.

John G. Gary, Republican candidate for county executive, said he was surprised by the strength of Mr. Redmond's victory and agreed the race is going to be tight.

"[Mr. Holland] has managed to bring some things home to his district," he said. "But he has some real detractors there."

One is Barney Biancavilla, president of the Chelsea Beach Residents Association. He has clashed with Mr. Holland on several issues in the past, including an effort to get a barrier on Woods Road. Some residents wanted to keep motorists seeking a Mountain Road detour from traveling through their neighborhoods. Mr. Holland opposed the idea.

"He's made three or four promises to my community association, then slipped out the back door," Mr. Biancavilla said. "So I'm not enthusiastic about seeing him back again."

But Frank A. Halgas, president of the Greater Pasadena Council, remains a firm supporter. "He's done a good job in serving the community," Mr. Halgas said. "He has to go out and make sure everyone is aware of the things he has done."

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