Activist, health adviser join races GOP's Amedori runs for delegate, Baker for commissioner

May 17, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A health care consultant and a well-known Republican activist are the latest candidates to file for local and state offices.

Carmen Amedori, president of the Tri-District Republican Club, will seek one of Carroll's four seats in the House of Delegates, representing the 5th District. She is the fifth announced candidate.

"I want to work in the House so I can help bring back money and good legislation to Carroll County residents," said Amedori, a Westminster resident. "I want people to be secure and content to stay here."

Amedori, 42, faces Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown and W. David Blair and incumbents Donald B. Elliott and Nancy R. Stocksdale, all Republicans running in the Sept. 15 primary. Republican Del. Joseph M. Getty, and Del. Ellen Willis Miller, the only Democrat now serving in the county delegation, are also expected to seek re-election.

Candidates have until July 6 to file. The primary will yield three candidates from each party who will run for the House in the Nov. 3 general election.

Republican State Sen. Larry E. Haines, who leads the county delegation, has filed for re-election to one of Carroll's two Senate seats. Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson has not announced his plans.

Amedori, who is married to Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes and has two daughters, was chairwoman of the group drawing up a proposed county charter, but resigned in protest before the document was completed.

She campaigned tirelessly to defeat the charter, which would have changed local government from three commissioners to a county executive and council. The initiative failed at the polls May 2.

Amedori announced her candidacy at a meeting of the South Carroll Republican Club Tuesday and filed officially in Annapolis Friday. She will campaign against gun control and partial-birth abortion and for tax breaks for senior citizens and prayer in schools.

"I grew up with prayer in school, and I think it would be an important element to help with the onslaught of juvenile problems," she said.

Baker favors saving farms

Michael R. Baker, 59, was the fifth Republican to file for commissioner. Randy M. Reese remains the lone Democrat seeking one of the three seats.

Baker, a management consultant with St. Agnes Healthcare, is married to Jeanne Baker and is the father of two adult children.

He ran unsuccessfully for the county school board six years ago and is ready to test the political waters again.

"If you run for office, you have already won, because you tried," Baker said.

He moved from Westminster about 20 years ago, but resettled in the county seat in 1992 in "a new house I was upset they built because it used to be farm land," he said.

If elected, he will support agriculture preservation and work to limit residential growth, particularly in areas where schools, roads and utilities are overburdened, he said.

Favors tax incentives

The county needs to be run as a business, he said. "A business approach, not a political approach" is his campaign slogan.

He favors strong economic development efforts and tax incentives to businesses locating in the county.

Other announced commissioner candidates are Reese and Republicans Robin B. Frazier, Patricia Holbert, Betty L. Smith and Harvey I. Tegeler Jr. In the primary, voters will choose three candidates from each party to run in the general election.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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