New district lines lure dozens to vie for Balto. Co.'s House seats

89 candidates seek 21 delegate posts

August 05, 2002|By Andrew A. Green and Ben Piven | Andrew A. Green and Ben Piven,SUN STAFF

District line changes and significant turnover in the Baltimore County legislative delegation prompted a broad pool of candidates to file for the county's House of Delegates seats.

Eighty-five candidates from the two major parties are set to square off in the Sept. 10 primaries, and four more from the Libertarians, Greens and independents will try to petition their way onto the November ballot. The county has 21 delegate seats, most of them in three-member districts.

The most crowded race is in the 42nd District, which covers the greater Towson area. The district was substantially changed when the Maryland Court of Appeals redrew the legislative maps in June, so it has only one elected incumbent, Del. John W. Campbell, 54, a Democrat and social worker who moved from the city to Ruxton to stay in the district.

Another delegate, Republican Emil B. Pielke, 60, a Towson attorney, was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the area last year.

Other Democrats running in the district include: Art Buist, 50, of Towson, an attorney and broadcaster with WYPR; Edwin S. Crawford, 54, of Stoneleigh, a banker with Ferris, Baker and Watts; Augustus Prescott Gaylord, 28, of Lutherville, who owns an environmental consulting and software company; John Holman, 52, a State Farm Insurance agent from Towson; Matthew Joseph, 36, of Towson, director of public policy for Advocates for Children and Youth; Stephen W. Lafferty, 53, of Stoneleigh, who is program director for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; and Leo Ryan, 43, a Towson attorney.

The other Republicans are: Susan L.M. Aumann of Timonium; John J. Bishop, 54, a Rodgers Forge businessman who was elected to the House from the area in 1986 and 1990; Tony Campbell, 36, of Towson, who is director of development for Baltimore Christian School; Laura A. Downes of Timonium; John C. Fiastro, 24, of Lutherville, a history student at the University of Baltimore and a waiter at Aldo's in Little Italy; William J. Frank, 42, a development and marketing consultant from Lutherville; Walter R. Hayes Jr., 47, a Towson attorney; C. Rob Lee, 38, the receiving manager at the Owings Mills Home Depot store; and John G. Trueschler, 45, of Lutherville.

The 7th District, which includes Cockeysville, Middle River and parts of Harford County, is also highly contested. Del. Nancy M. Hubers, 71, a Democrat from Essex, is seeking re-election.

The other Democrats running in that district are: Brian Bennett, 40, a Middle River attorney; Jeffrey R. Butschky, 35, an attorney from Baldwin; Randy Cogar, 56, owner of a Middle River printing company; Donna M. Felling, 52, of Glen Arm; Norman Gifford Jr., 35, an emergency communications operator; Geoffrey William Holland, 31, a teacher at Dundalk High School; and Roger Zajdel, 56, of Kingsville, who owns the Commodore Bar and Catering Hall.

Republicans running in that district are: Jackie Bailey, 57, a nurse from Hunt Valley; Michael J. Davis, 63, an industrial contractor from Essex; Sheryl L. Davis-Kohl, 40, from Abingdon; Richard K. Impallaria, 39, a business owner from Middle River; J.B. Jennings, 28, a Phoenix resident who owns a trucking business; Pat McDonough; Dilip B. Paliath, 31, an assistant state's attorney from Lutherville; and Christopher Saffer, 23 of Parkville.

The appointment of Del. Michael S. Finifter to the Circuit Court has led to a scramble for delegate seats in the 11th District, which includes Pikesville and Owings Mills. Incumbent Democrats Robert A. Zirkin, 31, an Owings Mills attorney, and Dan K. Morhaim, 53, an emergency room physician from Owings Mills, are seeking re-election.

Other Democrats in the race include: Jon S. Cardin, 32, an attorney and nephew of U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin; Theodore Levin, 57, a Pikesville attorney who served as a delegate for 20 years; Melvin Mintz, 55, a physical therapist from Pikesville who served two terms on the County Council; Dana Stein, 43, director of the Baltimore-based nonprofit Civic Works; and Barney J. Wilson, 43, of Reisterstown, the dean of Learning and Student Development at the Community College of Baltimore County at Dundalk.

Three Republicans are running: J. Michael Collins Sr., 53, a kitchen designer from Reisterstown; Grant Harding, 65, of Owings Mills; and Betty L. Wagner, 58, an accountant and bookkeeper from Reisterstown.

Decisions by two delegates to seek other offices have led to a crowded race in the 8th District, which includes Parkville, Carney, Perry Hall and White Marsh. One incumbent, Republican Alfred W. Redmer, 46, a marketing and public relations specialist, is seeking re-election.

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