Brauning joins commissioners' race

Planning panel member switching to GOP

May 12, 2002|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Carroll Planning Commission member David Brauning - a Democrat who is switching his party affiliation - has joined the crowded field of Republican candidates running for Carroll County commissioner.

Brauning, 64, who made his announcement Friday before a crowd of about 75 supporters outside the County Office Building, spoke of his childhood on a farm in Finksburg and of his 45 years as an insurance agent. He said Carroll County can be run without input from state leaders, an implied dig at Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who has frequently sparred with the county commissioners over Smart Growth initiatives.

"Smart Growth is nothing new to Carroll County; we've been practicing it for years," Brauning said.

Brauning said he switched parties after being a Democrat most of his life because he thinks the Republican Party better represents his and the county's conservative values.

Since he joined the planning commission in 1998, Brauning has been known for his plain-spoken style, a trait he said would not change if he is elected.

"People who know me know where I stand on things," he said. "I'm not one to ride the fence."

Brauning will face a stiff challenge in the Sept. 10 Republican primary.

Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge announced in March that she is running for a fourth term, and fellow Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier announced last month that she is seeking a second term. Three-term Commissioner Donald I. Dell has not announced whether he will seek re-election. All three incumbents are Republicans.

Other Republican challengers include Dean Minnich, Henry G. Griese IV and Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.

Candidates have until July 1 to enter the race. The general election will be Nov. 5.

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