Gardina, Bartenfelder again Sun endorsements: Incumbents best in Baltimore County's 5th, 6th districts

Olszewski's a lock in 7th.

October 27, 1998

IN EIGHT YEARS on the Baltimore County Council, the 5th District's Vincent J. Gardina, a former police officer who now works as a computer analyst, has had one tough job.

He weathered the controversy surrounding a planned NASCAR speedway in Middle River that ultimately did not materialize. He was also in the middle of another heated debate -- a county proposal to condemn a farm, against the farmer's wishes, and turn it into a park to serve the Perry Hall growth area.

In both disputes, Mr. Gardina, a Democrat, exhibited considerable courage and skill. In addition to tackling issues of development, Mr. Gardina has been an advocate for the critical revitalization of Essex and Middle River. He deserves our endorsement against Republican Allen T. Thompson, a leader of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

In the northeast county's 6th District, first-term Democratic Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder is in a tight contest with Republican Glen A. Thomas, a marketing consultant and former Johns Hopkins University administrator.

Mr. Bartenfelder, who served 12 years in the House of Delegates, is something of an oddity in the rapidly urbanizing county. The taciturn, conservative vegetable farmer is the only nonoffice worker on the legislative body, whose other members are five attorneys and Mr. Gardina, the computer programmer. He may lack glibness, but he has been an asset on the council. He wins our support for a second term.

In the 7th District, John A. Olszewski Sr., an auto mechanic, scored a major upset in the Dundalk area in last month's Democratic primary by defeating incumbent Louis L. DePazzo. After the primary, the Republicans' council nominee withdrew. When the GOP failed to name a replacement, Larry Leone, a part-time United Parcel Service employee and veteran of Operation Desert Storm, decided voters needed a choice. He is running a write-in candidacy. However, Mr. Olszewski is the only name on the ballot.

Tomorrow: Harford County Council president and ballot Question A

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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