Democrats chow down for traditional picnic Likely candidates keep mum on plans


About 60 people braved the 90-degree weather to join together for the 15th annual Carroll County Democratic Club picnic.

While socializing over food and light beverages, members and their families did manage to get in some political conversation.

But while politicians at the event generally declined to talk about their plans, club president Corynne Courpas took the opportunity to announce her marriage to fellow party activist Scott Markle in May.

The couple met through politics, she said.

"We met during the Dukakis campaign and this just seemed to be the right time to make it public."

Ms. Courpas welcomed the picnic-goers and said the event was held for the members to get to know each other better and was not intended to be a fund-raising activity for the association.

"We are still living the big victory of last November and gearing up for '94," she said.

Locally, the party will be looking to reverse a recent trend that included several key local Republican victories in 1990 and a modest GOP edge among registered voters in Carroll.

One well-known local Republican, Timothy Ferguson, has announced plans to take on longtime Democratic State Senator Charles H. Smelser in the 4th District in 1994.

Among those introduced at the picnic at Landon Burns Park yesterday were Carroll County Democratic Central Committee members Greg Pecoraro (chairman), Ellen Willis and Damian Halstad, who is now a Westminster City Council member.

Two area delegates arrived together as the introductions were being made and gave two of the shortest speeches on record.

Frederick County's Del. Thomas H. Hattery, defeated in the 6th District congressional race last fall and whose state legislative district abuts Carroll, waved and said, "It's great to be with you."

Carroll Del. Richard N. Dixon added, "Happy to be here."

Also present were former Sykesville Mayor Lloyd Helt, who was not eligible to retain his office after moving to Westminster, and former Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, who has been critical of Republican Sheriff John Brown, who defeated him 1990.

Political observers have speculated that Mr. Helt and Mr. Sensabaugh are likely to run for some office in the future, but neither was ready to comment about plans yesterday.

Rebecca Orenstein, City Council member, and Elmer Martin, chairman of the county Board of Elections, were recognized for their outstanding work in the community.

State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein arrived late, but drew rousing applause when he stepped out of his car wearing a Carroll County Democratic Club shirt from 1982.

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