His 2-year-old grandson in tow, T. Bryan McIntire, a north county Republican, became the first official candidate for the Baltimore County Council yesterday.
The filing deadline isn't until July 1, and McIntire is not habitually an early filer. However, the two-term incumbent, who turns 72 this month, has rankled some conservative property-rights Republicans in the rural 3rd Councilmanic District by instituting more restrictive zoning, leading to talk of a challenge in the September primary.
The talk has centered on Del. A. Wade Kach, who is considering a run for the council. Kach said yesterday he will make an announcement this month.
No Democrats have expressed interest in the seat.
In filing early with the county Board of Elections, McIntire said he wanted to leave no doubts about his intentions.
"I wanted to make clear to everyone that I was seeking re-election to the County Council," he said. "They have a right to try to find someone to replace me, but they know who their opponent is going to be."
Because the 3rd District is drawn favorably for Republicans - it encompasses all of the conservative north county - McIntire said he expects some challenge from within the party.
In a statement he distributed while filing, McIntire said he will maintain his "commitment to increase the quality of development while decreasing the quantity of development" and to safeguard older communities in his district.
In a related development, Debra Hettleman Plant, who had been considering a primary challenge to incumbent Democrat Kevin Kamenetz in the 2nd Councilmanic District, announced yesterday that she will not run.
Plant, a resident of Owings Mills, said the campaign would have forced her to spend too much time away from her family.