TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement from former Baltimore County Councilman and Delegate Joe Bartenfelder. Bartenfelder, a Democrat, is a well-known and influential figure in Baltimore County politics, having represented District 8 in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1994, and District 6 on the Baltimore County Council from 1994 to 2010. Bartenfelder will announce his endorsement at an event in support of Redmer this evening in Reisterstown.
“I am immensely honored to have the support and endorsement of my good friend Joe Bartenfelder, and would like to thank him for being the latest of many Democrats for Redmer,” Redmer said. “At a time of increased partisanship throughout the nation, I am truly grateful for the support of Democrats like Joe and all of those throughout the county who recognize the need to put aside politics and do what’s best for Baltimore County.”
“I am proud to support Al Redmer for County Executive and can think of no one more qualified for the job,” Bartenfelder said. “Al has the commitment, integrity, and maturity to lead our county through the challenges we are currently facing. He understands the needs of our diverse communities, and has the experience and the vision to fix our schools, make our communities safer, and get Baltimore County back on the right track.”
Bartenfelder will make a public endorsement this evening at the Reisterstown Rodeo for Redmer event at Reynolds Farm, 427 Cockeys Mill Road. The event will run from 6:30 to 10:30 PM and is open to media.
In addition to Bartenfelder, Redmer has also been endorsed by former Democratic Baltimore County Executive Dennis Rasmussen. Redmer has racked up several other high-profile endorsements over the last month, including Maryland Business for Responsive Government, the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees for Baltimore County Public Schools, and all three major public safety unions: the Baltimore County Sheriffs, Police, and Fire Fighters.
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today released his campaign’s first television ad for the general election season. The 30-second ad highlights the stark contrast between Mr. Redmer and his opponent, Democratic nominee Johnny Olszewski, Jr.
“We are extremely excited to release our new TV ad which will air on all Baltimore broadcast stations,” Redmer said. “When we launched this campaign in September of last year, I pledged to run the most competitive race for Baltimore County Executive in a generation, and with this ad, we continue to do exactly that. The choice that Baltimore County voters face in this election could not be more clear, and I am confident that with this ad and our winning message, we are well-positioned to continue running hard for the remainder of this campaign.”
Redmer is the first candidate for Baltimore County Executive to air TV ads in this general election, as well as the first candidate to send direct mail to voters.
Watch the ad here.
Al Redmer, Jr. Announces Endorsement from Baltimore County Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement from the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees (CASE). CASE is a union representing principals, assistant principals, coordinators, supervisors, pupil personnel workers, and superintendent’s designees within Baltimore County Public Schools. Joined by CASE Executive Director Tom DeHart, Redmer made the announcement at his campaign headquarters.
“I am extremely honored to have the endorsement of the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees, and would like to thank Executive Director Tom DeHart and the entire CASE organization for their support,” Redmer said. “Baltimore County is currently facing a tremendous amount of challenges, chief among them being the state of our county school system. I look forward to working with CASE to give our teachers and administrators the resources and support they need to improve our schools, restore discipline in our classrooms, and provide our students with the world-class education they deserve.”
“CASE is proud to support Al Redmer, Jr. in his race to become the next Baltimore County Executive,” said DeHart. “The county school system is currently facing a number of challenges, and we are confident that Mr. Redmer is the right candidate to address them. Al Redmer has the skills and experience to ensure a responsive culture in county government and lead Baltimore County during this critical time.”
This is the fifth high-profile endorsement that Redmer has picked up in the last two weeks, and the fourth from a county employee union. In addition to the CASE endorsement, Redmer has earned the endorsement of all three major public safety unions in the county: the professional fire fighter’s union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1311, the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, and the Sheriff’s union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 have all endorsed Redmer.
Al Redmer, Jr., Announces Major Endorsements from Baltimore County International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1311 and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced endorsements by two major public safety unions: the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1311 and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #4. Redmer made the joint announcement in Nottingham where he was joined by IAFF 1311 President Michael Day, Sr., FOP #4 President Cole Weston, as well as dozens of professional fire fighters and police officers from around Baltimore County.
“I could not be more honored to announce the endorsements of IAFF 1311 and FOP Lodge #4 today, and would like to thank President Mike Day, President Cole Weston, and all of the brave men and women in these organizations for their support,” Redmer said. “Throughout our campaign, I have consistently spoken of the failure of Baltimore County to adequately fund our most basic needs, and the fire and police departments have often been direct victims of that. For too long, these men and women have not had the support that they should from local government. As County Executive, I will make sure that the men and women who protect and serve our communities have the support and resources they need to do their jobs. They undoubtedly deserve it, and under a Redmer administration, they are going to get it.”
“IAFF 1311 is proud to support Al Redmer for Baltimore County Executive, and our members are confident that he is the right candidate not only for the men and women of the fire service, but for all Baltimore County residents,” Michael Day said. “We look forward to working with Mr. Redmer over the next four years to improve working conditions for our fire fighters and make sure they have the resources they need to serve the people of Baltimore County.”
“Al Redmer is the only candidate who truly understands the challenges that our law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, and FOP Lodge #4 is proud to support him in his race to become the next Baltimore County Executive,” Cole Weston said. “We’re confident that under a Redmer administration, Baltimore County will be a safer place to live and work, which will benefit all of our residents and communities.”
With these two latest endorsements, Redmer has garnered the support of the three major public safety union in Baltimore County; over the summer, Redmer was endorsed by the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Union, FOP Lodge #25. In addition, Redmer has rolled out several high-profile endorsements in the last week, including the non-partisan economic advocacy group Maryland Business for Responsive Government, longtime Maryland political fixture Ellen Sauerbrey, and former Democratic Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen.
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement by former County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen. A prominent Democrat, Rasmussen served as Baltimore County Executive from 1986 to 1990, and has also served in the Maryland House of Delegates and State Senate, where he was Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
“Baltimore County Executive is not an entry-level position, and we need someone with a proven track record of executive experience to address the many financial challenges that will confront the County,” Rasmussen said. “I have known Al for many years and genuinely believe he will serve us well by providing exceptional leadership, competent skills, professional knowledge, and strong personal moral character. Al is a person we can trust to do the right thing for all Baltimore County communities.”
“I am exceptionally thankful for the endorsement of former County Executive Rasmussen and the confidence he has shown in me to lead Baltimore County during this critical turning point in our history,” Redmer said. “Having been County Executive himself, Dennis understands the kind of skills and experience necessary to run a large organization like Baltimore County government.”
Rasmussen will hold a private fundraising reception in support of Al Redmer this evening in Timonium. This is the third high-profile endorsement Redmer has picked up in the past week. Last week, Redmer announced endorsements from longtime Maryland political fixture Ellen Sauerbrey, as well as the non-partisan economic organization Maryland Business for Responsive Government.
[Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive (center) pictured with Duane Carey, President of Maryland Business for Responsive Government, and Frank Avena, Chair of the Maryland Business for Responsive Government MD Job Growth PAC.]
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement by Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), a statewide, nonpartisan organization that advocates for pro-growth policies supporting economic development and increased job opportunities across Maryland. Redmer was joined by Duane Carey, MBRG President, and Frank Avena, Chair of the MBRG MD Job Growth PAC. The endorsement reinforces Redmer’s pro-business record and his position as the Baltimore County Executive candidate best suited to improve the county’s economic climate.
“I am extremely grateful to MBRG for this endorsement and would like to thank Duane Carey, Frank Avena, and the entire organization for the confidence they have shown in me to lead Baltimore County through the many financial challenges we face,” Redmer said. “As we all know, Baltimore County’s budget is stretched thin, and our credit cards are maxed out. The only way to ensure we have the resources we need to fund our priorities and get our county back on the right track is by improving our economic climate and supporting business growth and job creation. I believe I am the right candidate to make that happen, and I am very happy that MBRG agrees.”
“Al Redmer has a solid track record of supporting pro-job, pro-growth policies that improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Frank Avena. “We are proud to support Mr. Redmer’s candidacy for County Executive and look forward to working with him to improve economic opportunities for all Baltimore County residents.”
During his time in the House of Delegates, Redmer accumulated an 89% business rating from MBRG. By contrast, Redmer’s opponent, Johnny Olszewski, Jr., garnered only a 37% business rating from the group. As a delegate, Olszewski voted 56 times to increase, sustain, or create spending, and voted for some of the most egregious O’Malley taxes, including the rain tax, the flush tax, and increases in both personal and corporate income taxes. In addition, Olszewski voted for every O’Malley budget passed while he was in office; those budgets increased State spending by $9.6 billion.
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced an endorsement from longtime Maryland political fixture Ellen Sauerbrey. Sauerbrey has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the State and Federal government, having served in the House of Delegates where she became Minority Leader, and having twice been the Republican nominee for governor. In addition, Sauerbrey served as Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, where she held the rank of Ambassador. Sauerbrey and her husband Wil, are residents of Sweet Air in Baltimore County.
“I am tremendously grateful for the support of my friend and mentor Ellen Sauerbrey and would like to thank her for her endorsement during this competitive race for Baltimore County Executive,” Redmer said. “Ellen has a reputation not just for honesty and integrity, but for a deep and genuine caring for the citizens of Baltimore County and all of Maryland.”
“Al Redmer is a strong leader with the values that Baltimore County needs,” Sauerbrey said. “Our county is at a pivotal moment in its history with a desperate need for experienced leadership with a proven track record of success. I am confident that Al’s skills and experience make him the right candidate to make our county safer, clean up our communities, and fight for our students and teachers.”
Sauerbrey will headline a fundraising rally for Redmer with over 400 guests this Friday at the American Legion Post #22 in Towson. More information can be found at www.redmer2018.com/roast.
TOWSON, MD -- Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement by the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25. This is the first time the union has backed a Republican for the Baltimore County Executive position.
“I am tremendously humbled to receive the endorsement of the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Union, and would like to thank President Stephen White, Treasurer Charles Kish, and the entire union for the support and trust they have shown in me at this cornerstone moment in Baltimore County’s history,” Redmer said. “As we know, Baltimore County has an incredible number of unmet needs, chief among which is the rising crime throughout our county. I look forward to supporting and working with the Sheriff’s Office and all of our law enforcement agencies to make our communities safer for all Baltimore County residents.”
“We are proud to endorse Al Redmer, Jr. for Baltimore County Executive and look forward to partnering with him to improve working conditions for law enforcement and all county employees and agencies,” said Kish. “We are confident that under a Redmer administration, our voice will be heard and our priorities will be addressed, and that Baltimore County will be put back on the right track.”
Redmer has pledged to run the most competitive general election race for Baltimore County Executive in a generation. This is the candidate’s first major endorsement since his decisive 12-point victory in the June primary election. Redmer also enjoys the endorsement of Governor Larry Hogan, who has received sky-high approval ratings in both the Baltimore area and statewide. Governor Hogan won Baltimore County handily in his 2014 election, receiving more votes than the incumbent County Executive. The governor’s popularity and Redmer’s strong candidacy signals that Baltimore County is very much in play for Republicans in 2018.
TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced the appointment of Douglas B. Riley as his campaign’s Director of Policy & Community Initiatives. Riley is a former member of the County Council who will lead the campaign’s policy team and outreach to community associations, business groups, and citizen alliances.
“I am extremely pleased to have Doug on our team, and have every confidence that his skills and experience will greatly benefit our campaign,” Redmer said. “Doug’s first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of County government, his distinguished law career, and his years of community service offer tremendous value to our effort to get Baltimore County back on the right track.”
“I am immensely proud to join this campaign and be part of this effort to bring much-needed change to Baltimore County,” Riley said. “Al’s breadth of experience in both the public and private sectors, his steady, proven leadership, and his plans for making Baltimore County a better place to live and work inspire me and should compel us all to do everything we can to ensure his victory in November.”
Riley is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law. A Navy Veteran, has spent decades in a career in law in the Baltimore area. He was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1990; he was elected as Chair of the Council in 1991 and won re-election to a second term as a councilman in 1994.
Riley spent five years as Baltimore County’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties, is a past president of the Towson Business Association (now the Towson Chamber of Commerce), and has served on numerous boards and associations throughout the Towson area.