Businessman files as candidate for County Council in 3rd District

Chairman of IWIF board to run in GOP primary

May 03, 2002|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

Daniel E. McKew, a businessman who also serves as chairman of the Injured Workers Insurance Fund board of directors, announced yesterday he is running for the 3rd District seat on the Baltimore County Council.

McKew ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates in 1990 and 1994 as a Democrat, the second time as an ally of state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell. He switched his affiliation to Republican for this race because of GOP dominance in the north county district. That means he will face incumbent T. Bryan McIntire in the September primary.

McKew, 45, of Glen Arm is an accountant who says he will emphasize fiscal conservatism. He said he also is concerned with controlling growth and maintaining the rural character of the district.

"With the budget shortfalls we're having and projecting, my background and expertise is something I think will be very valuable," he said.

Republicans in the north county have been discussing the possibility of a primary challenge to McIntire for months, but the expectation was that the candidate would be more conservative.

McIntire has ruffled some feathers among property-rights activists because of his support for restrictive zoning designed to protect rural open space, a priority that McKew said he shares.

In drawing a contrast with the incumbent, McKew said he will be a more energetic presence in the district than McIntire.

"If you stand me next to Brian McIntire, you can see the energy level I'll be able to give this thing will be a lot higher," he said.

McIntire said he doesn't know McKew well enough to comment on his candidacy.

McKew became the sixth person to file with the county Board of Elections for a County Council seat.

McIntire was the first to file, followed in March by incumbents Wayne M. Skinner, a Towson Republican who is running in the 5th District, and Council Chairman John A. Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat who represents the 7th District. Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville Democrat, filed for re-election in the 2nd District two weeks ago.

Penny McCrimmon, a state worker and long-time community and Democratic Party activist, has filed for the new majority-black 4th District on the west side. Three other Democrats have declared for the seat but have not filed.

The only other declared candidate for a council seat is Del. James F. Ports Jr. of Perry Hall, who will challenge Skinner in the Republican primary in the 5th District, which runs from Towson to the eastern edge of the county.

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