Changes spice up legislative races

Incumbents Mohovoric in Dundalk, Pielke in Towson are losers

18 seek 3 seats in 42nd

Baltimore County

Election 2002

September 11, 2002|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

In legislative primaries marked by the upheaval of legislative redistricting and several prominent retirements, incumbents lost in Dundalk and Towson, as did candidates backed by powerful state senators in Owings Mills and Randallstown.

The most competitive district was the 42nd, which covers Towson, Lutherville and Timonium, where eight Democrats and 10 Republicans vied for the three delegate seats.

With all but absentee ballots counted, Stephen W. Lafferty, 53, a Stoneleigh resident who lost a bid for a smaller, single-member House seat in Towson in 1994, and Del. James W. Campbell, 54, a six-term incumbent who had to move to stay in the district, were neck and neck in the race for three seats representing the district.

Matthew Joseph, 36, who is on leave from his job at Advocates for Children and Youth, was running third.

On the Republican side, the leading vote-getters were Susan L.M. Aumann and William J. Frank, party activists who have formed a ticket with Del. Martha S. Klima, who is running for the Senate. John G. Trueschler, 45, an attorney from Lutherville, had the third highest vote total.

Del. Emil B. Pielke, who was appointed to fill an unfinished term last fall, did not win a spot on the November ballot.

In the Senate race, Klima will face Democrat Jim Brochin, a Towson businessman who ran American Joe Miedusiewski's 1994 gubernatorial campaign and has been waging a door-knocking campaign in the area for nearly three years. Brochin and Klima were unopposed in the primaries.

In the 7th District, which runs from Cockeysville to Middle River and extends to the outskirts of Bel Air in Harford County, the sole incumbent, Del. Nancy M. Hubers, a Democrat, had a commanding lead Three seats are up for election in the district.

Following her on the Democratic side were Donna M. Felling, 52, a nurse from Glen Arm and a former delegate in the 8th District, and Randy Cogar, 56, a printing company owner from Middle River.

Among Republicans, Pat McDonough, 58, a radio talk show host from Middlesex, was leading. He was followed by J.B. Jennings, 28, a business owner from Phoenix who worked for gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and Rick Impallaria, 39, a Middle River business owner and chairman of Citizens for Property Rights.

DeCarlo defeats Hersl

Del. Diane DeCarlo, a Middle River tavern owner, defeated community activist Jerry Hersl in the Democratic primary for the Senate in the 7th District. She will face Republican Sen. Andrew P. Harris, an anesthesiologist, in what is expected to be a hard-fought general election battle.

In the Democratic primary in the 6th District, which centers on Dundalk, Dels. John S. Arnick and Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick were leading, but Del. Jacob J. Mohorovic Jr. had fallen behind challenger Michael H. Weir Jr., 54, a captain in the Baltimore County Fire Department and son of the retired delegate. In the fall, they will face Paul M. Blitz, Jane Brooks and Bruce Laing, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., a Democrat, is unopposed for re-election in the district.

Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr., the House minority leader, led the Republican field in the 8th District, which includes Overlea, Rosedale, White Marsh and Perry Hall. Mike Rupp, a firefighter from Carney, and Joseph C. Boteler III, 53, who has run for the seat three times before, were the next-highest vote-getters.

Redmer was the only incumbent running in the district. The others, Del. James F. Ports Jr., a Republican, and Del. Katherine A. Klausmeier, a Democrat, ran for County Council and state Senate, respectively. Klausmeier was leading Raymond C. Shiflet in the primary. If she wins, she will face Republican John Cluster Jr. in the general election.

The Democratic leaders in that district were Eric Bromwell, 25, son of former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell; Tim Caslin, 51, a retired county police officer; and Todd L. Schuler, 25, a law clerk in Peter G. Angelos' firm. They were leading over four other candidates for the three seats representing the district.

Burns among leaders

Despite an acrimonious split with state Sen. Delores G. Kelley, Del. Emmet C. Burns was still among the top vote-getters in early returns in the 10th District, which centers on the Liberty Road corridor. Burns was on Kelley's ticket in previous elections, but she dropped him this spring, noting philosophical differences.

Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a 63-year-old registered nurse, was in the lead, followed by Burns, 62, a minister from Woodlawn, and Adrienne A. Jones, 47, who heads Baltimore County's Office of Minority Affairs.

N. Scott Phillips, 41, an attorney who runs a minority business program for IBM and was part of Kelley's ticket, did not advance to the general.

Kelley was unopposed in the primary and will face Robbie Page in the general election.

As expected, the two incumbent delegates in the 11th District, which includes Pikesville and Owings Mills, led all candidates in the Democratic primary.

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