Five votes change race for primary candidate Final count leaves activist without shot at delegate seat

September 18, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Carolyn M. Roeding says she can see herself becoming "the poster child" for the motto that every vote counts.

The Pasadena community activist lost a place on the Democratic ballot for the District 31 House of Delegates race by only five votes, it was officially determined yesterday.

Seven Democrats ran in that election, in which the top three finishers will go on to an Election Day run-off against three Republicans. Three delegates for the district will emerge.

"Every vote does count, and I guess I will be the poster child for that for the next 10 years," Roeding said after the votes were finally tallied and Thomas J. Fleckenstein, a county assistant state's attorney, was declared the winner.

It was a tense five hours at the county Board of Elections while clerks hand-counted the votes.

Fleckenstein, who waited for the results with his wife, Kristen Riggin, was clearly relieved.

"Thank God," was all he could say.

The other Democratic winners were incumbent Joan Cadden of Brooklyn Park and Mary Rosso of Glen Burnie. Their Republican opponents will be incumbents John Leopold and Victoria L. Schade of Pasadena and Robert Schaeffer of Severna Park.

Roeding says she cannot attribute her loss to any specific issue and she is unsure if she will run in the future.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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