Bartenfelder hitting every polling place he can
Talk about taking the pressure casually. Baltimore County executive candidate Joseph Bartenfelder voted this morning in his undershirt at the Fullerton Fire Station, although that wasn't exactly the plan. They made him remove his black campaign polo shirt before he stepped to the voting booth in deference to the rule against electioneering in a polling place.
So there the county councilman and former member of the Maryland House of Delegates
stood in his white T-shirt, olive drab khakis and athletic shoes casting his vote in his race against fellow council member Kevin Kamenetz, who was working the polls in a navy pinstripe suit, tie and black loafers.
Bartenfelder slipped the polo shirt back on after voting, the 131st Democrat to cast a ballot at the fire station by a bit after 11 a.m. It was the ninth stop of his morning polling place tour on his east-side home turf before heading over the west side.
“It’s a pretty day, it’s a great day for everybody to get out and vote,” said Bartenfelder, 53, a farmer from Fullerton, four-term county councilman and former state delegate. Kamenetz, an Owings Mills attorney who had planned to spend a good part of the day on his own west-side turf.
Bartenfelder said he was going to try to stop at as many precincts as he could until the polls closed at 8 p.m., even if there weren’t so many voters around too meet and greet.
Turnout, he said, has “been light everywhere” -- from Harford Hills Elementary in Parkville to precincts in Carney, Nottingham and Perry Hall.
“He’s done all he can do,” said his wife, Robin, who accompanied Bartenfelder to vote, along with their daughter, Jessie. “It’s up to the voters now.”
The Fullerton Fire Station precinct has a total registration of 2,641, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans nearly two to one. By 11:30, 185 voters had cast their ballots.
Marjorie Murphy, chief Democratic judge at the polling place, said the turnout was about usual for a primary.
“The mornings and evenings are usually our high time,” said Murphy, “then the senior buses come in the afternoon.”