Crandell and DiCara look to November County Council election
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:14

 by Ben Boehl

    Todd Crandell ran for the House of Delegates as a Democrat in 2010.  Joe DiCara ran for the House of Delegates as a Republican in 1998.
    Now, the two have exchanged parties and are preparing to face off in a race to replace four-term 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr., who announced last year that he would not run again.
    Crandell was unopposed in the June 24 Republican primary, and DiCara won a five-candidate race to become the Democratic nominee.
    DiCara said he looks forward to the race with Crandell and believes he is the best candidate, as he has the good relationship with leaders of county agencies needed to get work done for the community.
    “People need to feel they have a good voice. I’m the best person to get things done,” DiCara said.
    Crandell said he too is ready for the interaction with DiCara.
    “I am looking forward to debates. The community deserves to know where their candidates stand,” Crandell said.

 “We’ve run a campaign of substance and ideas, and that’s not going to change. Mr. DiCara has yet to do that, and I am concerned that he is part of the machine we need to get rid of.”
    DiCara responded that he is not part of any “machine.”
    “There is no Democratic machine. I ran as an independent candidate with no ties to John Olszewski Sr., with no ties to John Olszewski, Jr,”  DiCara said. “It was (son) Tony and I and our people.”
    DiCara finished first with 30.8 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. He defeated Brian Weir, who got over 23 percent of the vote, and C.O. “Buddy” Staigerwald, who got 21.8  percent.
    “I wish Joe the best of luck and I will support him as the Democratic nominee,” Staigerwald said.
    With Weir and Staigerwald’s similar numbers in the Dundalk area,  and with both candidates vocally opposed to the sale of the North Point Government Center, it appears that Weir and Staigerwald split the votes of those who oppose the sale. DiCara agreed with that assessment on election night, but Staigerwald said he has no excuses.
    “The vote was split for Joe too. It was split for all of us,” Staigerwald said of the five-way race. “Joe just ran a hell of a race.”
    Weir agreed with Staigerwald and pointed out that DiCara had too big of a lead.
    “Did Buddy and I split the votes? I don’t think it was enough to put either of us over the top,” Weir said. “I have nothing but respect for Buddy as his ideas were similar to mine. My only weakness — and always will be — is I ran with my heart, not my head. I can’t change that I love my people in my district and always will.”
    When asked who he is supporting in the general, Weir did not give a definite answer.
    “I will support who I think is the best candidate for the people of this district, the one who will serve in the office, not be served by the office — as I would have,” Weir said. “Parties need to go away, and let’s get the best candidate in all offices.”