Ecker narrowly beat Bobo in 1990 when she ran for re-election as county executive, and the soon-to-retire Carroll County school superintendent hasn't changed his mind about her. "I'm pro-business. I don't think she is," he said.
Davis said many of Ecker's early campaign events were as sparsely attended at Bailey's, but he went on to win.
"I think Liz is beatable," he said. "I think there's a tide changing."
In that same part of town, County Council incumbent Mary Kay Sigaty, a Democrat, now has an official opponent in Tom D'Asto of Clarksville, a mechanical engineer who ran against her four years ago and lost by a wide margin.
"I'm a little concerned that after four years of her leadership, we don't have a solution yet on Wilde Lake. We're letting a whole community fall down in disrepair," he said.
She later characterized that as a "totally uninformed" statement, given the new zoning for village center redevelopment approved by the council last summer and her work on the Wilde Lake Village board before the vacancies began.
Albert L. Nalley, a Baltimore County Republican who ran in Elkridge's portion of District 12 four years ago, has also filed to try again to unseat either Del. James E. Malone or Steven J. DeBoy.
Hope stays alive
Although the referendum petition drive to put the housing portion of the downtown Columbia rezoning on the November ballot is officially dead, according to county elections board officials, Russell Swatek, spokesman for Taxpayers Against Giveaways, said his group is still gathering names and is pondering a possible lawsuit. The idea is to turn in the required 5,000 names anyway, so that if a suit is filed and is successful, the referendum could go forward, Swatek said.