La Vay drops bid for 14th District seat

Montgomery Republican notes business reasons

September 14, 2002|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

Del. Richard A. La Vay, a Montgomery County Republican, has withdrawn his name from nomination for a state Senate district to pursue a business venture and to avoid facing a well-known Democratic candidate who shares his position on a highway project.

La Vay announced yesterday that he would not be the nominee for the 14th District. Reshaped by redistricting, it has no incumbent senator.

He ran unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary. Rona E. Kramer, past president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce won the Democratic primary. She defeated Del. Tod David Sher and former Del. Mathew J. Mossburg.

La Vay said his decision was motivated by impending work with a commercial mortgage startup that would monopolize his time, and the fact that Kramer also supports the Intercounty Connector highway project.

The highway project is designed to relieve congestion on the Capital Beltway and feeder roads by connecting Interstate 270 and Interstate 95.

Critics say the ICC would harm the environment and wouldn't reduce traffic.

"Even if I won, the chances were great that I would be resigning anyway," La Vay said. "It was imperative that a pro-ICC senator represent that district."

Political observers say that La Vay would have had a difficult time defeating Kramer.

"Rona is a mainstream Democrat who will win support from both business and labor, making it incredibly unlikely that Richard could have garnered enough support to win," Del. Cheryl C. Kagan said.

The Montgomery County Republican Central Committee has 13 days to name a ballot replacement, said Senate Minority Leader J. Lowell Stoltzfus.

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