Baltimore County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder will launch his candidacy for county executive next week at Towson University, he confirmed on Tuesday.
The fourth-term Democrat will announce his run at a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 30 at the University Center, he said. Bartenfelder, a former teacher and longtime farmer, is a Towson alumnus.
The announcement will set up a primary race between Bartenfelder and council colleague Kevin Kamenetz for the Democratic nomination. Kamenetz launched his candidacy on Tuesday, 10 days before Bartenfelder's event.
"I am not concerned that Kamenetz is ahead of me in announcing," Bartenfelder said. "The election date does not change, no matter when we announce."
Bartenfelder served 12 years in the state legislature before joining the County Council in 1994. He has chaired the seven-member panel four times.