John Manley seeks County Council seat formerly occupied by his wife, Berchie Southwest activist plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Moxley

July 03, 1998|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Voters in southwestern Baltimore County will see the familiar name "Manley" on their Republican election ballots for County Council -- but this time, it's John D. Manley, not his wife, uncompromising former council member Berchie Lee Manley.

Despite losing her council seat by only 579 votes in 1994, Berchie Lee Manley has chosen not to run this year, saying she would rather spend time with her new grandson.

"Grandma's got her new baby," she said, showing a photo of her 6-month-old grandson, Daniel, Tuesday outside a council work session in Towson.

Her husband -- a community activist and retired teacher -- will launch what he expects will be a close race against incumbent council Chairman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville-Arbutus Democrat.

John Manley intends to push many of the same issues his wife championed in her single term on the council, including less congestion in older neighborhoods, better planning for schools, and a halt to the industrial park at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Mr. Manley, who retired in 1984 as a department head at Catonsville Community College, said he is "upset with what's happening to the school system" because of "very poor planning."

A member of the Coalition for the Preservation of Southwest Baltimore County, a grass-roots group that opposed the UMBC industrial park and has promoted other causes, he wants a more open government, a more independent council and less control by the county executive.

While he said Moxley has "been helpful to us in many ways , I feel the people are not being listened to. I don't think anybody, any incumbent, should go unquestioned."

Berchie Lee Manley considered a run for county executive this year, but she decided against it because of her family's wishes, she said, adding that she had no plans to run for her former council seat.

As the 9 p.m. Monday filing deadline approaches for the Sept. 15 primary and the Nov. 3 general election, council candidates are making their plans known.

Only one councilman is unopposed: North County-Owings Mills Republican T. Bryan McIntire of the 3rd District.

Mr. Manley expects to file for the 1st District seat Monday.

Two of the races could be decided in the primary. No Democrat has filed for Towson's 4th District seat, and no Republican has filed for Dundalk's 7th District seat.

At least one challenger has filed in five of the other six districts: 2nd District -- John H. Davis-El of Randallstown has filed to oppose incumbent Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat, in the primary.

On the Republican side, Lisa Cohen, president of Deer Park Elementary PTA, also has filed. The mother of four said she wants a comprehensive law providing for parks, adequate schools, roads and other public facilities. "I'd like to see more community involvement," she said.

4th District -- Two Republicans, Loch Raven community activist Wayne Skinner and Kathleen Beadell, president of the Greater Timonium Community Council, have filed for the seat being vacated by Towson Republican Douglas B. Riley, the only incumbent not running for re-election.

5th District -- Former Orphan's Court Judge Alexander B. Page zTC Jr. has filed as a Democrat against incumbent Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall Democrat. Republican Allen Thompson, former president of the Perry Hall Community Association and recently retired from Household Finance, also has filed for the race.

6th District -- Republican Andrew Peet of Parkville has filed against incumbent Joseph Bartenfelder, a Fullerton Democrat. Peet, an independent businessman, is making his first bid for elective office.

7th District -- Democrat John A. Olszewski, an officer in the Battle Grove Democratic Club, has filed to run against incumbent Louis L. DePazzo, a Dundalk Democrat.

Pub Date: 7/03/98

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