Sen. Hollinger aims to win over 11th District voters with experience, record

Zukerberg says she's lost touch with constituents

October 22, 2002|By Jonathan D. Rockoff | Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF

State Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, the Democratic incumbent from the 11th District seeking a seventh term in the General Assembly, is running on a long record of accomplishment in Annapolis.

"I feel very proud of the work that I've done," she said, after reciting a list of legislation on education and senior citizens that she helped forge and wants to see carried out.

But her Republican challenger, Alan P. Zukerberg, maintains that Hollinger has lost touch with constituents, whom he pledges to give a greater say in government decisions.

"I think the current senator has forgotten to go back in the communities and get the pulse of communities and see what they want," Zukerberg said.

The two are squaring off in a largely Democratic district of 115,475 western Baltimore County residents. The district has large numbers of Jewish, minority and elderly residents.

A senator for the past 16 years and a delegate for eight years before that, Hollinger has spent nearly $168,000 on her re-election campaign, according to the most recent campaign finance records, which were last updated Sept. 20. Zukerberg has spent $200.

Hollinger has a long list of endorsements from police, firefighters, teachers, health care groups and environmental organizations, while Zukerberg acknowledges he has not received any endorsements.

A registered nurse, Hollinger, 61, of Pikesville, is vice chairwoman of the Senate's Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. She hopes to become chairwoman if re-elected and hopes to minimize the effects of fixing Maryland's budget deficit.

"I'm going to make sure when we go back that the cuts we make in the budget are cuts that hurt people the least," she said.

Hollinger takes credit for helping put together a variety of laws addressing health care for the elderly, such as a measure that lets families receive Medicaid money while taking care of relatives at home.

And the senator said she helped secure passage of the Thornton Commission's plan to increase state funding of public schools by $1.3 billion over the next six years.

Zukerberg is running as a community activist who successfully opposed a developer's plans to build condominiums on land owned by Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville. He has also fought the opening of a methadone clinic in Pikesville.

A retired lawyer from Pikesville, Zukerberg, 56, said he would seek residents' input in the spending of Thornton Commission money. He said he would also seek to reduce crime and address juvenile group homes.

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