Feaga fund-raiser takes in at least $15,000 It's his first major event for executive campaign

Campaign 1998

October 26, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Howard County Councilman Charles C. Feaga took in at least $15,000 Friday night at the first major fund-raising event for his 1998 county executive campaign.

Feaga, who has not had a major fund-raiser since he won his third term to the County Council in 1994, trails his rival for the Republican nomination, Council Chairman Dennis R. Schrader, in raising campaign cash.

About 150 Feaga supporters, including developers, lawyers and several local GOP figures, paid $100 each to attend Friday's event, which nearly filled two floors of the west county home of Pete and Beth Horowitz off Frederick Road.

In a short speech, Feaga promised to control county debt, improve schools and follow in the footsteps of County Executive Charles I. Ecker, a fellow Republican who must step down after his second term ends in 1998.

"I looked around me and quite frankly I don't see one who can take the county and move it in the same direction it's been going the past few years," Feaga said of his decision to run for county executive.

He criticized recent efforts to slow growth by cutting the number of new homes allowed in the General Plan.

"We've got to have predictability," Feaga said. "I think I can bring the county predictability. When you invest, you have to know the returns."

Ecker made a brief appearance at the event. His assistant Gail Bates -- Feaga's hand-picked successor for his west county council seat -- and State's Attorney Marna McLendon also attended.

Neither Ecker nor McLendon has endorsed a county executive candidate. Many of Howard's Republicans are waiting to see how the race between Feaga and Schrader evolves in the next several months.

"I don't want to polarize," McLendon said. "I'm real worried about that. We're good people, and it doesn't have to get nasty and dirty."

Schrader, who says he has raised more than $75,000, has taken an early lead in organizing his campaign.

Friday night, Feaga said he would open his campaign headquarters in January.

"I need your help," he told the crowd. "In the coming months, we're going to look alive."

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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