Politicos come out for NP-E Volunteer Fire Department parade
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:20

Rain holds off for the parade

 by Ben Boehl

    The North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department parade may not be as big as the Dundalk 4th of July parade, but it seems just as able to attract candidates for public office.
    With 2014 being an election year, local candidates running for House of Delegates, state Senate and County Council were spotted in the parade.
    Edgemere also received a visit from a gubernatorial candidate, as Republican nominee Larry Hogan walked in the parade.
    Republican House of Delegates candidate Ric Metzgar, pointed out that Hogan was the only non-local candidate in the parade.
    “I think it speaks volumes upon volumes for Larry Hogan to come to Edgemere.” Metzgar said. “He had interaction with the people and he is a genuine people person.

Metzgar was one of three Republican House candidates to participate in the parade. GOP hopefuls Bob Long and Robin Grammer also walked the parade route along North Point Road.
    “I think we were very, very well received,” Metzgar said of his party. “I also think there were more people in the parade than years past.”
    For a while, it looked as if the parade was in jeopardy of not taking place. as gray skies loomed over Edgemere, but the rain held off.
    Sen. Norman Stone took part in the parade in his home community for the last time as state Senator. The Democratic team of Councilman John Olszewski, Sr.,  Del. John Olszewski Jr. and Mike Weir Jr. joined forces to promote Weir for re-election and the younger Olszewski for state Senate.
    Del. Olszewski said he was impressed with the turnout in Edgemere despite the threat of rain.
    “The North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department always does a fantastic job of creating a week of community gathering through their fireworks, carnival, and parade. Every year, I look forward to participating in the parade, as it’s a great opportunity to interact with residents and to celebrate the community,” Olszewski said.
  “While there is always a good crowd at the event, I do believe that this year’s parade was among the best attended.”
    The other two Democratic candidates for the House — Nick D’Adamo and Jake Mohorovic — were not seen in the parade.
    The council race between Joe DiCara and Todd Crandell is expected to be heavily contested; both candidates walked the parade route and talked to voters.
    Crandell was also impressed with the turnout.
    “Thanks to our friends in Edgemere who braved dark skies to come out for the parade last night,” Crandell noted.
    “No threat of storm scares off the good people of Edgemere.”