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.

Harman pushes jobs plan, hammers Kamenetz in county contest
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:37
 by Ben Boehl

    George Harman won the Republican nomination for Baltimore County Executive by edging out fellow Republican Tony Campbell by just 20 votes in the June primary. Having endured that, he aims to make the most of his chance to challenge incumbent Democrat Kevin Kamenetz.
    In a visit to the Eagle office this week, Harman noted his 12 years as a member of the Glyndon Coordinating Council — the last six as president — and five years as president of the Hanover Road Association to highlight his experience in community matters.
    He also touted his former career with the Maryland Department of the Environment and said his experience in drafting legislation, testifying before the General Assembly and talking with delegates would serve him well as a county executive.
    Harman attacked Kamenetz for a lack of transparency on development projects throughout the county. He accused Kamenetz of announcing a community input meeting after a plan had already been approved without community input. He pointed to the North Point Government Center sale for retail development as an example.
    “It’s pretty much near the end of the road. There should have been more involvement [from the community before the decision to sell was made],” Harman said.
    He quoted Kamenetz’s retort to hecklers during a public event — “It’s my job to talk and your job to listen” — to contrast his own view of the role of county executive. “My job [as county executive] will be to listen.”
    Harman expressed a desire to “open up county government” and “avoid the big money and the influence of developers.”
    Harman said his other major concern is the business climate in the county. He pointed to the closing of businesses such as Solo Cup as well as the potential relocations of companies like McCormick Spice as evidence.
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