Riley, Skinner announce plans to run for office
Two former County Council members said yesterday they will seek elected office.
Douglas B. Riley, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for county executive four years ago, announced his intention to run for state Senate in the Towson-area 42nd District. He will run against Democratic incumbent James Brochin.
In a news release, Riley said that "too little has been done to address traffic congestion, school overcrowding, and the negative effects of runaway development on the quality of life in Baltimore County. ... We need a principled senator who is respected by his peers to effectively address the problems in his district."
Riley, a 52-year-old attorney from Towson, served on the council from 1990 to 1998.
Also yesterday, Wayne M. Skinner, a Republican and former councilman who lost his re-election bid in 2002, said he will run for the council seat in the 5th District, which includes Perry Hall and Towson.
Skinner, 51, said he wants to address development in the county. "People just don't feel like they're part of the county anymore," said Skinner, who lives in the Loch Raven area. "I blame this on the county, not on developers or anybody else."
Skinner, the deputy director of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, served on the council from 1998 to 2002. He lost the 2002 Republican primary to James F. Ports Jr. in a newly drawn district that lumped Skinner with Democratic County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina. Ports lost the general election to Gardina.
Gardina said yesterday he has not decided whether he will seek re-election.
Gardina pulls energy-credit bill
A county councilman said yesterday he will withdraw a bill that would have given tax breaks to owners of energy-efficient buildings so that he can study the potential costs to the county.
Councilman Vincent J. Gardina proposed a 100 percent property tax credit for 10 years on buildings that achieved a silver rating of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, to provide incentives for builders to design environmentally friendly buildings. But Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat, faced pointed questions from Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, at a council work session yesterday.
"We can't just give away the farm here," Kamenetz said, adding that there is no way to know how much the tax credits would cost the county. Gardina said would probably submit an amended version of the bill after having the county auditor study the potential costs.
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