Baltimore County executive candidates receive endorsements

In the three months before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, Councilmen Joseph Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetz, who are vying for the Baltimore county executive job, are also competing for endorsements from various groups and officials.

The Maryland State United Auto Workers, led by its president and political director Darren Petty, will announce their support for Bartenfelder today during an event at the Allison Transmission plant in White Marsh. The union says it represents more than 15,000 active and retired members statewide, many of whom live in Baltimore County.

State Sen. Kathleen Klausmeier and Baltimore County Sheriff Jay Fisher have also announced their support for Bartenfelder, who has represented the White Marsh, Overlea and Essex areas for 16 years and previously served as a state delegate.

Kamenetz, who recently won an endorsement from the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, which numbers about 6,000 members, added the County Seal Democratic Club, a group based in the southeast part of the county, to his supporters. The club, founded in 1973, made its endorsement decision at a general membership meeting on Sunday.

He has earned several key endorsements on the county's east side, including Council Chairman John Olszewski and former state Sen. Michael J. Collins, as well as that of Attorney General Doug Gansler. Kamenetz has represented the Pikesville and Owings Mills area since 1994.

The victor in the primary will run against Kenneth Holt, the only Republican in the race so far, in November.

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