GOP incumbents made opponents in redistricting

Amedori, Stocksdale file for re-election

South Carroll district created

April 03, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Dels. Carmen Amedori and Nancy R. Stocksdale have filed for re-election, but redistricting has made the incumbents, who have been working together the past four years, opponents.

Redistricting has trimmed one at-large seat from Carroll and forced its three incumbent delegates - including Joseph M. Getty, who is considered a candidate but has yet to file - to compete for the two available seats. Typically, incumbents win re-election fairly easily, no matter how crowded the field.

Amedori and Stocksdale are Westminster residents, and Getty lives in Manchester and has a law office in Hampstead.

"I regret having to run for two seats, but nearly every redistricting plan put Carmen and me in the same district," said Stocksdale, who filed for a third term Friday. "We have all three been good representatives for Carroll County. We have each had roles to play and we did them well."

Redrawn election lines also have created a new district in South Carroll, the county's most populous area, and added about 32,000 Baltimore County voters to the 5th District, once within Carroll. Western Carroll shares its representation - Del. Donald B. Elliott - with Frederick County.

The all-Republican Carroll delegation has worked together well, Amedori said. She calls it unfortunate that three of them will be campaigning against each other in the primary.

"I don't see this as a nasty race," said Amedori. "How can it be? We are like a family. We have worked hard together and made the right votes for everybody back home."

Stocksdale, 67, said she will campaign on her experience.

"I feel like I have learned a lot in the last eight years and that we do make a difference," Stocksdale said. "I can continue to serve the people."

Amedori, who filed Monday, said she considered relocating to South Carroll and running for the newly created seat. The 46-year-old Westminster resident said she eventually decided she had stronger ties to her hometown.

"I had to base my decision on what was best for South Carroll and the area I represent now and not whether I was going to win," Amedori said. "South Carroll residents have waited a long time and their representative should be someone they see at the traffic lights, the PTA meetings, the library and the grocery store. They deserve someone who lives there and is familiar with all their concerns."

Amedori said she has made inroads in her first term. She measures her success by laws that were not passed as well as those that were. She also would like to see a fellow Republican representing South Carroll.

"South Carroll should have a Republican in the House of Delegates," she said. "I am sure Republican activists can come up with a strong candidate."

Democrat Kenneth Holniker and Republican Michael Zimmer, both attorneys, have filed for the South Carroll seat.

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