Candidates forum to be held at CCBC on Tuesday, Oct. 7
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:11
 by Ben Boehl

    Candidates running for Baltimore County executive, County Council, the Maryland House of Delegates and state Senate have been invited to CCBC Dundalk on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for a candidate’s forum.
    The event will be in the CCBC Dundalk Theatre – College Community Center at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.
    Although the Chamber will be hosting the event, the college’s R. Michael Walsh said his communications class planned the event, will come up with the questions and is responsible for promoting the forum.
Republican Salling is undaunted by challenges of Senate race
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:07

GOP nominee has been campaigning since last August

 by Ben Boehl

    When 12-term state Sen. Norman Stone announced he would retire at the end of his current term, there was no mad rush of candidates running to succeed him.
    The conventional wisdom was that anyone challenging Del. John Olszewski Jr., the presumed frontrunner in the Senate race, would face an uphill battle.
    Republican Johnny Ray Salling, however, was undaunted by the challenge.
    Salling said he had been considering a run for public office and was leaning toward the County Council race, but after meeting with friends and prominent area Republicans, he decided to seek the Senate seat last August, about the time Stone announced his retirement. He was unopposed in June’s GOP primary.   
    In a recent interview with The Eagle, Salling said he is against the sale of the North Point Government Center because he has taken a tour of the building and feels it does not need to be torn down. He acknowledged that a state legislator has a limited role in stopping a county sale, but said he would try if he is elected.
    “I think the best thing the state senator can do is work with the County Council,” Salling said.
    Addressing the hotly-contested council race, he said that “if it were Todd Crandell (the GOP nominee) or Joe DiCara (the Democratic candidate), I could work across party lines.”
    Another development plan that Salling opposes is the proposed redevelopment of Fort Howard property. He argued that the area is of historical importance and should be a place for veterans.

Olszewski calls economic development focus of Senate campaign
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:04

Candidate says job growth is top priority

 by Ben Boehl

    After eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates, Del. John Olszewski Jr. says he is ready to step up.
    The Democrat is looking to win the seat long held by Sen. Norman Stone, who is leaving office after 52 years in Annapolis.
    Olszewski said he thought about staying in the House of Delegates, but decided he could be more effective as a state senator.
    “I believe there is a greater opportunity as a senator than being one of three delegates,” Olszewski said. “It’s really about the math.”
    He is running against Republican Johnny Ray Salling and unaffiliated candidate Scott Collier. Olszewski said he is still waiting to hear specifics from his opponents when it comes to helping the community.
    “It’s one thing to be for this or that, but you need a plan to accomplish it,” he said.
    In an interview with The Eagle last week, Olszewski called economic development is his top priority. He said he is encouraged by the recent announcement of Redwood’s purchase of the Sparrows Point steel mill site, the new Amazon warehouse and the possible expansion of the Port of Baltimore, but would like to see more.
    “I want to introduce legislation for a manufacturing tax credit in areas around the state,” Olszewski said. “Sparrows Point is on the top of the list as an incentive to get businesses to go there.”
    The candidate said he generally welcomed industries that produced “green energy” at Sparrows Point, though he said specific proposals must be viewed critically before they are adopted.
    Olszewski added that he was happy to help secure funding for the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC) to renovate its building to create space for a small business incubator and to have supported the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program, which he said was created to bring businesses and government together in formulating job training programs that meet local business needs.

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