GOP scion seeks office Ex-party chairman Allan Kittleman runs for County Council

Seeks to succeed Feaga

Sauerbrey introduces him at announcement of his candidacy

March 09, 1998|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Former Howard County GOP Chairman Allan Kittleman, who learned politics at his father's side, announced yesterday the beginning of his own campaign for a seat on the County Council.

Kittleman, 39, is the son of state Del. Robert H. Kittleman, the House minority leader and a revered figure in the local Republican Party. That may give the younger Kittleman an edge against party rival Gail Bates in September's primary election.

But despite talk of a "Kittleman dynasty," many supporters said yesterday that Allan Kittleman has earned his own reputation as a hard-working party loyalist and is ready to take over the council seat being vacated by Charles C. Feaga.

"I've been going to Republican events and political events since I was my children's age," said Kittleman, whose children are ages 6, 4 and 1.

Introducing him yesterday at the official announcement of his candidacy was GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey, an ally of Robert Kittleman's from their days together in the state legislature.

Sauerbrey and Robert Kittleman share many political views and a fondness for black and yellow as campaign colors. Allan Kittleman has adopted the same color scheme for his brochures, posters and bumper stickers.

"I know that Allan is running for this office for all the right reasons," said Sauerbrey. "It's not ego. It's a cause."

Allan Kittleman, a lawyer specializing in workers' compensation issues, faces a primary election against Bates, a top aide to County Executive Charles I. Ecker and longtime ally of Feaga's. No Democrat has announced plans to seek the seat in the largely Republican west county district.

Both Bates, 52, and Kittleman live in West Friendship and have spent years working for other candidates as volunteers and members of the county's GOP state central committee.

Allan Kittleman was chairman from 1992 to 1997, years of growth in Howard's Republican Party. He ran Sauerbrey's campaign in Howard in 1994, when she narrowly lost to Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Party leaders are hoping for a spirited but gentle battle between Kittleman and Bates. Her campaign chairwoman, Peg Browning, a member of the central committee, helped sign in guests at Kittleman's event yesterday.

About 150 supporters -- including 30 children and a clown who made balloon animals -- attended Kittleman's announcement at Circle D Farm in Woodbine.

The tickets -- $50 for a family, $30 for individuals -- pushed his fund-raising total to $13,000, with $10,000 of that as cash on hand, say campaign officials.

The event featured Sauerbrey, the elder Kittleman, Dels. Robert L. Flanagan of Howard County and Donald E. Murphy of Baltimore-Howard counties, Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon and Councilman Dennis R. Schrader, who is running for county executive against Feaga.

In brief remarks, Kittleman made no mention of Bates, focusing instead on his experiences as a county native and father of three.

"I want to give back to Howard County and make sure that that quality of life continues, and even gets better," he said.

He emphasized the importance of schools but touched only briefly on issues yesterday. His campaign literature calls for managed growth, a well-equipped police force and no tax increases.

After the speech, a smiling Robert Kittleman walked toward the podium. "I'm proud of him," he said. "He's a good kid."

Pub Date: 3/09/98

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