Balto. Co. hopefuls cruise through last days of race

November 05, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

The last big Saturday of street campaigning in Baltimore County before Tuesday's election will feature everything from Republicans cruising the Beltway in antique convertibles to Democrats cruising main streets in motor homes.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden is to join statewide GOP candidates Ellen R. Sauerbrey, running for governor, and Bill Brock, running for U.S. Senate, in a "Southwest Unity Convoy." The convoy will leave a trucking depot in Lansdowne at 10:30 a.m. today, travel the entire Beltway as part of a 250-car caravan and return about an hour later.

Marin Manescu, a Sauerbrey worker helping to organize the convoy, said it is to show support for Republicans in the county's heavily Democratic southwestern communities of Arbutus, Lansdowne and Baltimore Highlands. The candidates will ride in open convertibles.

Mr. Hayden said he will drop out of the caravan at Towson to help open a new toy store at Towson Town Center.

Meanwhile, Democratic executive candidate Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III will be busy from 7 a.m. through late afternoon with what he has dubbed "D-Day." Two large motor homes and scores of green-shirted volunteers will be traveling throughout the county to drum up interest in the election.

"A lot of campaigns have a tendency to let up in the final stages," Mr. Ruppersberger's campaign manager, Bob Barrett, said yesterday. "We're working five more days, including Tuesday. Nobody lets up."

Mr. Ruppersberger's entourage plans to meet at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4 on Harford Road in Parkville, then disperse in two groups to wave signs at major intersections, shake hands at shopping centers and be seen and heard as much as possible from Dundalk to Arbutus.

The Beltway caravan is one of several stops for Mr. Hayden in a day that will start with a pancake breakfast in Parkville. After the caravan and the toy store opening, he will have lunch at a bull roast in a Woodlawn catering hall, make a stop in Rosedale and end with a $60-a-ticket fund-raiser at 6 p.m. in Middle River. "From Saturday through Tuesday, Roger's not going to have a minute to breathe," said campaign spokesman Jim Gordon.

The display of Republican unity also is intended to show voters that Mr. Hayden and Mrs. Sauerbrey support each other. In a bitter primary race, Mrs. Sauerbrey defeated Rep. Helen D. Bentley, a longtime Hayden ally.

"Roger's supporting Ellen and she's supporting him," Mr. Gordon said. "That's old news."

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