Olszewski backs Kamenetz's bid for Balto. Co.'s top job

February 27, 2010

Baltimore County Council Chairman John A. Olszewski urged longtime council colleague and fellow Democrat Kevin Kamenetz on Friday to run for county executive. At a news conference outside Dundalk High School, Olszewski, who represents Essex and Dundalk, and Kamenetz, who represents Owings Mills and Pikesville, spoke of a critical east-side/west-side partnership. "Kevin can do more with less," Olszewski said. "He will fight for jobs and hold the line on taxes. I am urging him to run and I look forward to working with him." Kamenetz, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the office, said Olszewski "will be a great partner for the next executive and will put jobs at the top of his agenda." The four-term council member has raised nearly $1 million for the campaign to succeed County Executive James T. Smith Jr., who is nearing the end of his two-term limit. Olszewski said he had called Joseph Bartenfelder, another four-term council member and likely candidate for county executive, to inform him of what he called a tough decision.

- Mary Gail Hare

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