Winegrad endorses Eldridge

October 07, 1994|By Ellen Gamerman | Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer

State Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad endorsed political newcomer John Eldridge Jr. for the House of Delegates' District 30 seat yesterday, calling the young Democrat a hard worker who is committed to environmental protection.

"If the environment is an issue in any part of the state, it's here," said Mr. Winegrad, who carried the environmental mantle in the Senate during his 12 years in office. "And John's got a strong position on the environment."

In the primary, Mr. Winegrad endorsed Stephen Carr, a Democrat with a strong environmental record who finished fourth in a close race behind Mr. Eldridge.

Mr. Winegrad said he admired the 27-year-old Mr. Eldridge -- son of Court of Appeals Judge John C. Eldridge -- for his willingness to work hard.

"He's learning the same way I did," Mr. Winegrad said. "He's walking through every part of the district, wearing out his shoes. I wore out three or four pairs myself."

Mr. Winegrad later said he also supports the other two Democratic candidates on the party's District 30 slate: incumbent Michael E. Busch and County Councilwoman Virginia Clagett.

Six candidates -- three Democrats and three Republicans -- are vying for the three District 30 seats.

Mr. Winegrad said Mr. Busch and Ms. Clagett had a good shot at victory, and predicted a tough fight between Mr. Eldridge and GOP incumbent Phillip D. Bissett for the third slot. The other Republican contenders are longtime party activist Joan Beck and Ralph "Rocky" Rosacker, a project management consultant and former Marine.

Mr. Winegrad, who did not seek re-election to the Senate, also said he supports John C. Astle, now a Democratic delegate for District 30, in the race for his seat. Mary McNally Rose, clerk of the Circuit Court, is the Republican contender in that contest.

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