Kamenetz responds to local criticisms in re-election bid
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:22
 by Ben Boehl

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has earned his share of local critics in his term as Baltimore County Executive, but, as he seeks a second term, the Democrat is touting a record which includes holding the line on taxes, the lowest crime rate since the late 1970s and efforts to fund county infrastructure, education and public safety initiatives.
    The county executive’s biggest hurdle when it comes to public opinion in Dundalk is, of course, the controversial decision to sell the North Point Government Center to a developer.
    Kamenetz said he believes the plan to turn the Government Center site into retail space will spur economic development and pointed to renovations at Merritt Park Shopping Center and the recent announcement of plans for a Texas Road House restaurant at the shopping center.
    “You have to generate excitement and generate new business,” Kamenetz said. “These are national retailers that will help every shopping center.”
    The opposition group Dundalk United has been vocally opposed to the sale, but Kamenetz said he does not believe that the group represents a majority of the local populace.
    He said that, according to polling,  one-third of the people support the idea, one-third that oppose the sale and one-third of people “don’t care.”
    “I think it is a vocal minority and they are just vocal,” Kamenetz noted.
    Then he took a shot at some of his critics.
    “I hear the critics. It’s not that we aren’t listening to them; it’s we aren’t in agreement,” Kamenetz stated.
  
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Long focuses on low taxes and jobs in second House bid
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:19
 by Ben Boehl

    Republican Bob Long came within 1,400 votes of securing the last spot for the House of Delegates in 2010, finishing just behind Del. Joseph “Sonny” Minnick..
    With Minnick retiring and Del. John Olszewski, Jr. giving up his seat to run for state Senate, Long appears to be one of the favorites to secure one of those three delegate seats. He says he is taking nothing for granted.
    “I’m running like I’m behind,” the Annadale Road resident told The Eagle in an interview last week, “but I’m planning on winning.”
    Long said his biggest priority is to bring jobs back to the area and said that Maryland needs to reduce taxes and regulations to bring businesses to the district. He said he hopes to see more manufacturing jobs.
    “We need good paying jobs, not just Amazon jobs. People can’t live off of $10 an hour,” Long said.
    He said it was a shame that governors from states such as Texas and New York came to Maryland seeking to lure businesses away, and he blamed that on the state’s poor business climate.
    “Whatever we can do to encourage development, we should do,” he said. “Right now, Maryland is closed for business, as far as I’m concerned.”
   
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Stanbrook resident Leo Dymowski running for Attorney General
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:17
 by Ben Boehl

    Libertarian Leo Dymowski is taking a shot at another high-profile office.
    The 57-year-old Stanbrook resident finished third behind Democratic Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and Republican Nancy Jacobs when he ran for Congress in 2012. Now he is taking his Libertarian platform to the race for state Attorney General.
    “We have some of the same social views as the Democrats and some of the same fiscal views as the Republicans, as we have the message ‘don’t spend my money,’” Dymowski said.
    Dymowski told The Eagle he believes his party is on the rise and said he is proud that he and other Libertarian candidates were able to accumulate over 70,000 votes in the 2012 Congressional races despite being outspent  by a 1,000-1 ratio.
    “We are the third largest party in the country and we are the only party that is growing,”  he said.
    Dymowski is considered a long shot in a race featuring Democrat Brian Frosh, who is considered the favorite, and Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker.
    With the retirements of two 6th District legislative incumbents and the decision of another to seek higher office, Dymowski said he did consider the possibility of running for a local seat, but ultimately chose the state wide race.
    He explained that the Republican Party did not have a nominee for Attorney General in 2010, Dymowski thought there was a possibility of no Republican running again — presenting the opportunity to face the Democrat one-on-one, but Pritzker filed near the deadline.
  
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Newcomer Grammer undaunted by challenges of House race
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:21
 by Nicole Rodman

    Robin Grammer may be the youngest candidate in the 6th District House of Delegates race, but he remains undaunted despite his status as a political newcomer.
    While he has never before sought public office, the Essex Republican did not hesitate to dive right in. He was the first candidate to file for the election 18 months ago.
    As Grammer told The Eagle in an interview last week, his decision to enter the political arena began at home.
    “I decided to run for the House of Delegates when my family started to see the hardships that are affecting a lot of people,” he explained.
    “Maryland needs to make our business climate better,” he said. “You absolutely have to cut taxes,” he added. “You have to make the regulatory environment so businesses want to come here.”
    He acknowledged that some business regulations are necessary, but stressed that business owners should be consulted when forming regulatory policies.  
    Grammer noted that, if elected, he would seek to repeal the Stormwater Remediation Fee, commonly known as the “Rain Tax,” which he said “does not even begin to be an appropriate approach to the problem.”
    Grammer said that there is money available to reduce local storm water runoff without resorting to fees. He was also optimistic that  businesses could be encouraged to reduce impervious surfaces voluntarily.
  
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Former GOP candidate Kahl creates “Republicans for Olszewski”
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:15
 by Ben Boehl

    Del. John Olszewski Jr. picked up an unusual endorsement in his state Senate race against Republican Johnny Ray Salling and unaffiliated candidate Scott Collier.
    The Democrat was endorsed by a new organization of registered Republicans and conservative voters calling themselves “Republicans for Olszewski.”
    The group is being co-chaired by retired Lt. Col. Bruce Kahl and Rose DiBattista. Kahl was the Republican nominee for the state Senate in 2010, losing to Sen. Norman Stone.
    DiBattista is a registered Republican who lives in the Eastfield-Stanbook community.
    Olszewski explained that several Republicans expressed their support and requested GOP-specific material so that they could show their cross-party support for him.
    According to Olszewski, he reached out to Kahl and DiBattista to serve as co-chairs for the GOP movement.
    “I’m pleased by the support we’ve been shown from Republicans, Democrats and independents. People want leaders who work across party lines and that put the people they represent first,” Olszewski said.  
    “It’s what I’ve done in my few years as delegate, and what I’ll do as state Senator.  I think that’s made it easy for members of the GOP to step forward and to be counted as Olszewski supporters.”  
  
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