Negative campaigning appears as election looms
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:46

Council campaign clash over signs leads to police call

 by Ben Boehl

    With this year’s election campaign heading into its closing weeks, the races seem to be getting more competitive and — in the case of the County Council race between Democrat Joe DiCara and Republican Todd Crandell — a bit ugly.
    Both men have faced accusations, with DiCara admitting that his website’s claim that he had a master’s degree was false — while also facing questions over his 1992 firing from a county job over an apparent conflict of interest — and Crandell admitting that he owes back taxes.
    There has been more controversy in recent weeks. First a police report showed that a DiCara campaign worker tried to get a Crandell campaign worker arrested. Then a Facebook page bashing Crandell was launched, and both candidates have been targeted with attack ads. Negative campaigning has also found its way into the state legislative races.

Dundalkian Marsha Davis to be inducted into Senior Hall of Fame
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:44
 by John G. Bailey

    If singing helps the world go round, Marsha Kuhrmann Davis has spun the globe a few times.
    Davis, who currently resides on York-way, was named for induction in this year’s Maryland Senior Hall of Fame largely because of her love of singing and performing.
    A Dundalk native, Davis grew up on Robinwood Road in a house that still stands. She first started singing at an early age to the music of a second-hand player piano that her mother had purchased.
    As a student at Dundalk High School, she sang in four different choruses. She credits Miss Hill, a music teacher that students nicknamed “Mom,” with encouraging her to sing.
    Davis was crowned Miss Dundalk High School of 1961, the year she graduated.  
    While working as a secretary at GM following high school, she met Louise Carter, who became her longtime friend and who nominated her for induction into the Senior Hall of Fame.
    “She has always been a very loving and caring person,” Carter told The Eagle. “She loves performing and making people laugh — I don’t know where she gets all her energy sometimes.”
    Davis’ singing career took a long hiatus while, beginning in 1975, she served in the U.S. Coast Guard for two years and then in the U.S Naval Reserve until her retirement in 1998.
    Then in 2002, with her marriage to Basil Davis, she started singing again with the encouragement of her new husband. The couple lived in Severn for many years before moving to Dundalk two and half years ago.  
    She currently sings with Pascal Go- Getters of the Pascal Senior Center in Glen Burnie, a song and dance group made up of seniors that performs at assisted living facilities, churches and retirement homes. She has served as president of the group for seven years.
Former delegate Mohorovic hopes to return to Annapolis
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:37

Mohorovic served in the House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003

 by Nicole Rodman

    For House of Delegates candidate Jacob J. “Jake” Mohorovic Jr., politics is in his blood.
    Since his days as class president at St. Rita School, the Dundalk Democrat has seen public service as a higher calling.
    Mohorovic has been on the ballot every four years since his first try for public office in 1978.
    He served in the House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003 before losing his bid for a third term.
    Attempts to reclaim the seat in 2006 and 2010 ended with defeat in the Democratic primary.
    Mohorovic’s third run has been more successful. He narrowly made it out of a crowded primary in June.
    According to Mohorovic, it is his desire to serve the public as an elected official that has led him to once again seek a spot in the House of Delegates.
    “I can be a full time delegate,” the veteran candidate said. “That’s my intention.”
     He is hoping that his past political experience, and that of fellow Democratic Delegate candidates Michael Weir Jr. and Nicholas D’Adamo Jr., will help carry him to victory in the general election.
    “If the voters decide to elect experienced candidates, the community is going to be at its greatest potential for growth,” he said.
    He also touted his 38 years working for the state of Maryland, including work with the Maryland District Court and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

D’Adamo looks to return to public service in House of Delegates
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:40
 by Ben Boehl

    Nicholas C. D’Adamo Jr. is seeking a new challenge.
    The former Baltimore City councilman who held office in the city from 1988 to 2011, is running for a seat in the House of Delegates.
    He told The Eagle that he wants to bring that experience to the 6th District.
    “My experience in the business world and politics would bring a lot to the table,” D’Adamo noted. “I have common sense and I can work with all groups of people.”
    D’Adamo has been criticized by the Republican Party for being a “carpetbagger” after moving from Baltimore City into eastern Baltimore County. D’Adamo responded that he knows the district well and said his parents had a summer house in Millers Island where he spent six month of every year until recently razing the house. Further, he argued that all districts in Maryland have similar needs.
    “I’ve been part of the district,” D’Adamo said. “No matter where you live in the state of Maryland, all the issues are the same.”
    D’Adamo said he has good relationships with the other candidates on the local Democratic ticket — House of Delegates candidates Del. Mike Weir, Jr., Jake Mohorovic and state Senate candidate Del. John Olszewski Jr.
    “We speak, we return each other’s calls, and we would like to see three Democrats [win the race],” D’Adamo said.
    By going door-to-door in the community, D’Adamo said, he has learned that people are “unhappy” about taxes, jobs and crime.
    On the topic of jobs, D’Adamo proposed tax breaks for companies that employ 25 workers or more. He added that Maryland should follow plans similar to those instituted by states such as New York, where a business could see a reduction in property or income taxes in exchange for committing to job development.
Incumbent Weir seeks to continue legacy in re-election bid
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:33

Essex resident seeking fourth term in House of Delegates

 by Ben Boehl

    Del. Michael Weir Jr. is looking for a fourth term in the House of Delegates.
    With Del. Joseph “Sonny” Minnick retiring and Del. John Olszewski Jr. seeking the vacant 6th District state Senate seat, Weir is the only local incumbent delegate seeking re-election.    
    The Essex resident, first elected in 2002, told The Eagle last week that he sought the seat because he wanted to continue the legacy of his late father, Del. Mike Weir Sr.
    “I stepped in after my father retired, and one of his biggest concerns was who was going to take his place and who would take care of the community,” Weir noted.
    As a member of the Environmental Matters Committee (as was his father), Weir stated that he has always been concerned about the environment. He said he attributes that to his younger days when he would go hunting and fishing with his father. 
    He joked that his father told him to stay away from the “money issues” and stay focused on the environment. Weir added that he crossed party lines when he supported former Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund.
    Despite priding himself on his work on environmental issues, Weir said that he voted against the Stormwater Remediation Fee, commonly known as the “Rain Tax,” because he did not feel the state or the local jurisdictions needed such a bill.

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