Bromwell, Ports, Redmer re-elected in 8th Klausmeier also wins ELECTION 1994

November 09, 1994|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer

As the 1994 election unfolded last night, Baltimore County's General Assembly delegation began to take on a new appearance, particularly in the House of Delegates.

Voters interviewed at polling places said they were splitting tickets at the state and local levels to vote for the individuals they felt would be most responsive to their demands.

One factor in close races could be an unusually high number of absentee ballots for a nonpresidential election, said Doris J. Suter, the county election board administrator.

Of about 7,000 absentee ballots mailed, 5,500 to 6,000 have been returned and they won't be counted until Thursday, she said.

In unofficial returns in the 8th District, three-term Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, 46, trounced GOP challenger Del. John J. Bishop Jr., 45, and proclaimed it "a sweet victory after a tough primary and a tough general election. I just feel grateful to the voters of the 8th District."

Also in the 8th, incumbent GOP Dels. James F. Ports, Jr., 35, of Perry Hall, and Alfred W. Redmer, Jr., 38, of Parkville, won re-election while Democratic newcomer Katherine Klausmeier, 44, of Parkville, a child-life coordinator at St. Joseph Hospital, won the third delegate seat.

On the west side, the new 10th District was making political history by electing the county's first black members to the General Assembly.

Created after the 1990 Census, the 10th has a 62 percent black population, appeared to be on its way to electing four black legislators, a senator and three delegates.

The new boundaries crossed the city-county line, giving the district a makeup of 80 percent county residents and 20 percent city residents.

"Never before has Baltimore County had elected officials of color," said the Rev. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a black Democratic House of Delegates candidate in the 10th, who was leading the (( ticket with slightly more than half the vote counted.

In the district's Senate race, a veteran black delegate, Democrat Delores G. Kelley, 58, who moved to Randallstown from her old, city-based 42nd District, was running 3-1 ahead of a white political novice, Jerome Goodman, 65, a self-employed acoustical engineer.

The district also was electing three new members to the House. Those races were between three black Democratic candidates and one black and two white Republicans. The three Democrats, running on a ticket with Ms. Kelley were Mr. Burns, 53, of Milford, pastor of Rising Sun Baptist Church; Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, 55, of Rognel Heights; and Joan N. Parker, 59, a state government fiscal officer, of the Haywood section. All were winning easily over their Republican opponents. The GOP candidates, all from Randallstown, were Clifford H. Andrews, 75, a businessman; Clifton McDonald, 55, the black Republican candidate and a trucker; and Beverly Goldstein, 56, an insurance broker.

Three-term Republican F. Vernon Boozer of the central county's 9th District was the only incumbent senator unopposed for re-election.

In the redrawn 12th District, which includes parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, voters in the Senate race had a choice between Edward J. Kasemeyer, 49, a Democrat from Columbia who served in the Senate from 1986 to 1990 and Republican David P. Maier, 37, of Elkridge. Mr. Maier led by 4,307 to 3,825 with just over half the votes counted.

In other Senate races around the county, incumbents appeared to be on their way to re-election.

On the east side, 6th District, Sen. Michael J. Collins, 54, of Essex, a retired county teacher, was easily on his way to a third term against Alfred E. Clasing Jr., 69, a retired Bethlehem Steel management employee from Essex who has been on the county Planning Board for four years.

In the southeast, incumbent 7th District Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., 58, a Dundalk Democrat, was handily defeating Republican Russell Mirabile, 47, a Dundalk businessman making his first run for office after years of working for Republican and Democratic candidates.

In the redrawn and large 11th District, the western and northern part of the county, Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, 54, of Pikesville, was well ahead in her bid for a third term against GOP newcomer Dr. Richard Manski, 40, of Reisterstown, a professor at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Ms. Hollinger, who represented the old 11th District, trounced fellow Sen. Janice Piccinini of the old 10th District in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary after a bitterly fought campaign.

Their residences put both into the new 11th District.

Among the liveliest House races were contests in the 9th District, now divided into two sections.

District 9A has two seats. Unofficial returns showed incumbent GOP veterans A. Wade Kach, 46, a school auditor from Cockeysville, and Martha S. Klima, 55, of Lutherville, who represented the old 10th District before redistricting, crushing two Democratic newcomers, Shelley Buckingham, 41, an American Lung Association employee from Towson, and Raymond A. Huber, 64, of Loch Raven Heights, who works in marketing.

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