The state prosecutor's office has determined that Democratic state Senate candidate Edward J. Kasemeyer has been a resident of District 12 long enough to legally run for the office.
Responding to a complaint filed Oct. 20 by the Maryland Republican Party, a state prosecutor's investigation last week concluded that Mr. Kasemeyer had moved to a Columbia condominium he owns in early March, about eight months before the Nov. 8 general election and in time to meet the six-month requirement for residency under state election law.
David P. Maier, Mr. Kasemeyer's Republican opponent, asked the state Republican Party to look into whether Mr. Kasemeyer met residency requirements for the district, which includes west Columbia, southern Ellicott City, Elkridge and southwestern Baltimore County.
Mr. Kasemeyer, 49, a state delegate and senator from western Howard from 1983 to 1990, said yesterday that the investigation was "an incredible waste of time and state resources."
"I was working in the community while [Mr. Maier] was still in school. It's a distortion of my record," said Mr. Kasemeyer, who has moved three times and lived in three legislative districts since he was separated from his wife in December 1990.
Mr. Kasemeyer, who has worked in banking and real estate, is a former president of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Howard Association for Retarded Citizens and the Howard County Housing Alliance. He most recently worked as Montgomery County's government affairs liaison in Annapolis, after losing the 1990 election to Howard Republican Sen. Christopher J. McCabe.
Mr. Maier, 37, of Elkridge said he isn't surprised by the investigation's outcome "in a state controlled by Democrats."
"Ultimately, the question is what kind of commitment does Ed Kasemeyer have to Baltimore County and the parts of Howard County where he just recently became involved," said Mr. Maier.
In its complaint to the state, the Republican Party noted several documents that it said cast doubt on Mr. Kasemeyer's residency over the past six months, including addresses on campaign finance reports, his driver's license and the county tax bill for the Columbia residence.
In a four-page response, the state prosecutor's office said it verified that Mr. Kasemeyer has been a resident of Columbia's Harper's Choice village since March through an investigation of his utility, phone and other records and through interviews with several of his associates, friends and Columbia neighbors.
Mr. Maier contended that Mr. Kasemeyer is new to much of District 12, the boundaries of which changed under a 1992 redistricting.
Mr. Kasemeyer said Mr. Maier has unfairly played up the residency issue, especially in Baltimore County "where people don't know me as well." But Mr. Maier contended that he's been emphasizing issues in his campaign, such as crime, education and taxes.