Sierra Club official set for council race Guzzone has created campaign committee

September 17, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Guy Guzzone, executive director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, has created a campaign committee, the first formal step toward running for the Howard County Council seat now occupied by Republican Dennis R. Schrader.

Guzzone, a Democrat who opposes the rezoning of 522 acres of Rouse Co. land for a mixed-use project in North Laurel, plans to make growth control a centerpiece of his campaign.

"Residential growth does not pay for itself," said Guzzone, 33. "We need to make sure we have the correct balance on economic development."

Guzzone is chairman of the Kings Contrivance Village Board in Columbia, where he lives.

He plans to formally announce his candidacy at a fund-raiser Oct. 26.

The district, which includes North Laurel, Scaggsville, Savage and southern Columbia, is a crucial battleground for Democrats and Republicans fighting for control of the County Council.

When Schrader won the seat in 1994, Republicans took control of the five-member council for the first time.

Schrader is preparing for a possible run for county executive.

Before Schrader, Democrat Shane Pendergrass -- now a state delegate -- held that council seat. Guzzone was her special assistant until Pendergrass retired from the council in 1994.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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