Chenowith files for fourth term
Councilwoman Veronica "Roni" L. Chenowith, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and spent a month in the hospital, returned to the County Council last week and promptly filed to run for a fourth term representing Fallston and Abingdon.
"I'm ba-ack!" she said after taking the council dais and promptly quizzing Council President Robert S. Wagner on the financial details of a county contract.
Chenowith, who attends chemotherapy sessions three times a week in Baltimore, said she has unfinished business on the council and does not want her illness to keep her down. With a group of supporters, Chenowith visited the Board of Elections on Thursday to file for another term.
Chenowith's challengers in the Republican primary will be Kevin Kane, a spokesman for state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who lives in Abingdon, and Jerry Walters, a vascular surgeon from Fallston. Valerie H. Twanmoh, a Fallston attorney, has filed to run as a Democrat.
Several more candidates officially filed to run this week, including County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican who will open his campaign headquarters on Main Street in Bel Air on Thursday. Also filing was Democratic District D candidate Terence Cox, Republican sheriff hopeful Raymond Clasing and Green Party candidate Brian Bittner, who is running for District B.
Candidates clash at forum in Dublin
An early "meet the candidates" forum in Dublin provided a glimpse into the political battles that will be waged over the next several months, with Democratic County Executive Ann C. Helton issuing a stinging assessment of the county's "hand-picked" politicians as the throng of candidates for County Council District D laid out their stances on growth management.
Helton said she would work to improve transparency in government and offer a level-playing field. "I will serve free of the monied interests that have been selecting and electing the candidates here," she said in front of more than 20 candidates. "Not all [of the candidates], but some."
In front of friends and supporters, some tailored their message toward the Dublin and Darlington communities, which sponsored the event. Candidates were given five minutes to speak, and those who went long were cut off by a ringing cowbell.
"We need to bring change to Route 1 without [growth] jumping it," said Doug Howard, a member of the Whiteford/Cardiff/Pylesville Community Council who is one of five Republicans who has filed to run for District D. "If you like rural and want to keep us rural, we need to work at it."
District D - a wide swath of northern Harford that includes Jarrettsville, Whiteford and Darlington - has about 24,000 registered voters, 11,750 of whom are Republicans.
The base realignment will bring thousands of new residents to Harford, said Amy Hopkins Daney, another Republican candidate for District D. "Those new residents need to be taught as to how things go here," she said. "Parts of the county are changing, but they need to know other parts are going to stay the same."
Some incumbents chided their opponents for what they said was unwarranted criticism. Republican Del. Barry Glassman said that although the delegation fell short of the county's request for school construction funding, Harford's minority delegation still brought home "historic" returns.
Charles Day, 64, sits on the Darlington-Dublin Community Council. He took notes on a campaign flier for District D candidate Chad Shrodes. He said he was pleased with the number of candidates.
Grant will upgrade wastewater plant
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. recently announced the Board of Public Works approval of $200,000 to finance the planning and design phase of the Aberdeen Wastewater Treatment Plant to upgrade to enhanced nutrient removal.
The grant is from the Bay Restoration Fund.
"The Bay Restoration Fund is awarded to help cities like Aberdeen to improve advanced nutrient removal and protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries," Ehrlich said.
Excess nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, lead to degraded water quality, which negatively impact the ecology of the bay and its tributaries.
The project involves the planning and design phase for nutrient removal at the 4 million-gallons-per-day plant. It will cost $7 million. The project design is expected to begin this month.