Another member leaving Baltimore County Council

Sam Moxley on Tuesday became the fourth Baltimore County councilman to say he will not seek re-election in the fall, leaving a majority of seats on the seven-member panel up for grabs.

Joseph Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetz are expected to run for county executive. Vince Gardina plans to retire at the end of his fifth term.

"There are always concerns when there is a big change," said Moxley, a fourth-term Democrat who represents Catonsville and much of Southwestern Baltimore County. "But Baltimore County has a constituency that cares about good government. They will make the right choices for the council."

Moxley, 50, said he is considering a run for Clerk of the Court, following the retirement of longtime Clerk Suzanne Mensh at the end of May.

An interim clerk is to be appointed by the Circuit Court judges until a successor to Mensh is elected in the fall. Moxley said he did not apply to the interim job, citing a commitment to his First District constituents.

"I know budget deliberations are going to be extremely difficult and I want to make sure funding is maintained especially for capital projects," he said. "I am not going to take the politically expedient route. I won't jump ship."

An arrest in July for driving under the influence arrest, his second in four years, has cast doubt on Moxley's political future. He was found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol and placed on two years supervised probation in September.

Moxley said he has admitted he has a problem with alcohol and is addressing those issues.

"I am working through this and making progress," he said. "I have a problem and I have sought help. I hope my actions show the progress I am making."

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