November 5, 2013 12:12 am ET
Candidate says he will run as a Democrat and campaign will be active by November 8
Another proverbial hat is about to be tossed into the political ring, folks.
C. O. “Bud” Staigerwald called this (humble) blogger to let me know that he will be seeking the 7th District Council seat in the 2014 election.
Staigerwald will run as a Democrat. Thus far he is facing one other challenger on the Democratic side and that is Joe DiCara.
The announcement was kind of an “expected surprise.” After all, I had spoken with Bud numerous times about his clear intentions to be a candidate in the 2014 election. However, Bud would never say whether he would run for a delegate post or for the council seat. That was until the “lay of the land” was formulated.
Let me explain that last remark…
As many have heard, Councilman John Olszewski, Sr. will not seek a fifth term. Now that the field has been cleared, so to speak, the seeds are free to be sown by a host of candidates that will square off in a hotly contested race.
The Dundalk Eagle’s Ben Boehl has been excellent in his continuous reporting of the two races—races that now are wide open following the announcements by Mr. Olszewski and Sonny Minnick, who announced his retirement as a member of the House of Delegates.
Staigerwald recently stepped down as the president of the New Seventh Democratic Club to clear the way for his run for office. It’s a nice change of pace to see someone focus solely on the election rather than burning the candle at both ends like many political candidates do these days.
Boehl wrote and interesting line about Staigerwald and his intentions: “Staigerwald denied that he is waiting for Olszewski (who will not seek reelection) or any other candidate. He said he is looking at running in any of the local races.” Ben also quoted Bud as saying, “All options are on the table. I’m not waiting for anyone … I’m looking at all my options. There is no magic formula.”
Like I said, it was an expected surprise.
In my phone conversation with Bud, he did not want to comment on Councilman Olszewski’s decision not to seek re-election. Understandable, because there is no upside to Bud discussing someone that isn’t going to be his opponent come Election Day.
Bud will have his share of supporters, I am sure. At the top of the list will be his wife, Debbie Staigerwald, who was a staunch opponent of the sale of the North Point Government Center. Debbie is the Artistic Director of the theater group The Sky is the Limit, which performs in the Government Center.
On the opposite side of the fence, Bud will face a number of candidates in the 2014 council race, including formal candidates Republican Todd Crandall and Democrat Joe DiCara. Another possible opponent may be former state delegate Jake Mohorovic who has not announced any formal intentions. And, now that Olszewski’s departure is official, I am guessing that even more potential candidates will find their way into this now wide-open field.
Time will tell on that one, I suppose. Either way, it will be an interesting race, especially since the demographics have drastically changed in the 7th District, as well as the county overall.
There is a host of volatile issues facing these political hopefuls, and it will be interesting to see whether or not their messages resound with the voting public, or lack thereof. For instance, the local economy and the fallout from ObamaCare most likely will play a crucial role in how these candidates plan their strategies in trying to catch the voters’ attention.
Fasten your seat belts, folks. This ride is about to get interesting.