Retired fire captain enters politics, then thinks better of it Loar pulls out of race for council -- twice


Last week, retired fire Capt. James R. Loar committed his first public political act by filing at the last minute to run as a Democrat for County Council in the district that represents Ellicott City and Elkridge.

He grew quickly into his new role as politician: A media relations firm sent out a news release for his campaign Tuesday, and he introduced himself to local Democratic Party leaders Wednesday.

Now, he has crossed one more thing off his list of Things Politicians Can Do: Bow Out of the Race. He took his name out of the running yesterday, giving Democrat George Layman a free ride until November.

In fact, the 51-year-old Elkridge man has quit the race twice in less than a week. On Monday, his media relations firm sent a news release retracting the previous week's news release, saying Loar would not be running. Then Loar retracted the retraction, saying the new statement was unauthorized and that he would decide by yesterday whether to pull out of the race.

The owner of a chimney sweep and swimming pool service, Loar said he didn't realize it would take weeks to get signs and other materials printed, and he wasn't sure he would have the money necessary to run an effective primary campaign.

"I guess in one week I learned a lot," he said.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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