In the most hotly contested race of the Anne Arundel County Council, embattled Councilman Thomas W. Redmond Sr. lost yesterday his bid to run for a second term.
Amid the predicted low voter turnout, Democrat A. Shirley Murphy, a 57-year-old promotions director for a catering company, came from nowhere to beat Redmond with 64 percent of the vote in the 3rd District. Murphy will face Republican Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, a 55-year-old vice president of an engineering company who served in the council from 1990 to 1994, in the Nov. 3 general election.
Redmond, a 51-year-old towing business owner from Pasadena came into the race dragging a heap of troubles, including bankruptcy with $1.6 million in debts, $41,797 in delinquent taxes and a ruling that he had violated the county's ethics laws.
Murphy, who opposes the Mountain Road bypass, advocates spending more for schools and has pushed for growth-control measures, was harsh and vocal in her criticism of Redmond in the days nearing the election.
"The man has made a total mockery out of his office," she had said, reminding voters of the county ethics commission's ruling in March that Redmond violated a county ethics law by pushing for a change in the county's towing license ordinance that affected his own towing business.
Redmond's battle was bound to be uphill, with four Democrats challenging him in yesterday's primary. It is extremely rare for an incumbent county councilman to face as many challengers from within his own party as Redmond did, said Michael J. Wagner, a former Democratic state senator from northern Arundel and longtime observer of county politics.
"I guess I have so many challengers because of the problems I've had personally. But I think I've done a good job as a councilman," Redmond said just before the election.
The only council race more crowded this year was in the 5th District, for the seat that Arnold Republican Diane Evans will soon give up under the two-term limit. The winners in this district were Republican Cliff R. Schoop and Democrat Mary P. Marsh.
The other winners:
In District 1: Democrat Pamela G. Beidle .
In District 2: Republican Robert G. Pepersack Sr. and Democrat Daniel Klosterman .
In District 7: Republican John J. Klocko III.
Pub Date: 9/16/98