GOP captures 4 of 7 seats on the County Council ELECTION 1994

November 09, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Carol L. Bowers, Andrea F. Siegel, TaNoah V. Sterling and Consella A. Lee contributed to this article.

For the first time in Anne Arundel's era of charter government, the County Council will be ruled by a Republican majority.

Republicans took four of the council's seven seats, even though incumbent Carl G. "Dutch" Holland apparently lost his bid for a second term representing his Pasadena district.

Republican incumbent Diane Evans coasted to an easy victory, running up 74 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger David DeAngelis. Ms. Evans said she looked forward to a new era of Republican leadership on the council.

"I'm feeling real good, not just about my own victory but the Republican victory," she said. "The voters have asked for a leaner, more efficient government."

In three of the four open seats, the Republicans prevailed: Bert Rice took West County's 4th District, William Mulford II won in Annapolis' 6th District and John J. Klocko III took the 7th District seat that represents South County and Crofton.

"When you look at what Bobby Neall started and when you look at the move in the county toward term limits and the tax cap, the voters in Anne Arundel County clearly showed they wanted limited government providing essential services," Mr. Mulford said.

Democratic incumbent George F. Bachman easily won re-election with 60 percent of the vote. He will be joined by fellow Democrats James "Ed" DeGrange, who easily took the 2nd District seat representing Glen Burnie with 60 percent of the vote, and Thomas Redmond, who squeaked by Mr. Holland with 51 percent of the vote.

Mr. Holland, who was locked in a bitter fight with Mr. Redmond during the two months before the election, fell 454 votes short. But last night, he was not in a mood to give up, pinning his hopes on absentee ballots and a rumor of a snafu at the Solley Elementary School polling place, where 200 ballots may not have been counted by the voting machine. Mr. Holland vowed to march down to the election board this morning to investigate the rumor.

"We're not conceding a damn thing at this point until we get some answers from the election board," a defiant Mr. Holland said last night. "It looks like I lost but the votes are real close here."

Election board officials said they had heard of no irregularities.

"We don't know anything about that at this time," said Supervisor of Elections Nancy Crawford. "If there are any [ballots] that didn't get counted they will get counted."

Mr. Holland's apparent loss flies in the face of a Republican sweep in most other county races. "I am stunned at this vote," he said. "I can't understand this vote unless its an anti-incumbent vote, which it seemed to be all down the line tonight."

The District 3 race was notable for the passion and intensity between the two candidates and their supporters. Mr. Redmond, who owns a Pasadena auto salvage yard, went on the offensive early, accusing Mr. Holland of neglect for rampant development along the Mountain Road corridor by allowing waivers to be granted to the county's adequate facilities ordinance.

Mr. Holland countered that Mr. Redmond did not have his facts straight. A councilman has nothing to do with waivers, he said, because they are granted by the county's planning office. Mountain Road is owned and maintained by the state and the county is not responsible for improvements on the thoroughfare.

In West County's 4th District, Democrat Bill Burlison, a former Missouri congressman, used his skills as a veteran campaigner to systematically knock on every door in the district. But Mr. Rice fought back, emphasizing his roots in the community and his activism in groups such as the Greater Odenton Improvement Association.

"I was able to convince the voters I had a proven record in community service," Mr. Rice said. "I had the grass roots knowledge."

In the 7th District, Republicans pinned their hopes on Mr. Klocko, who four years ago narrowly missed beating Virginia P. Clagett, then the Democratic incumbent. Supporters of Dorothy Dixon Chaney, the Democratic candidate, touted her lifetime in South County and her nine years on the school board.

Mr. Klocko said Mrs. Chaney's decision to emphasize her school board experience cost her votes.

"The school board is not perceived positively and from a pure political sense, it was a negative aspect of the campaign for Mrs. Chaney," he said.

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