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Al Redmer Makes History in Race for Baltimore County Executive

TOWSON, MD - Even before any votes have been tallied in the race for Baltimore County Executive, Republican nominee Al Redmer, Jr. has already made history by running the most competitive campaign by a Republican in a generation.

The Redmer campaign has reached a number of historic milestones over the last year, giving Baltimore County voters a rare choice between two well-funded, viable candidates for the county’s top office.

Fundraising:

Never before has a Republican candidate for Baltimore County Executive seen so much financial support throughout the county. In May, the Redmer campaign shattered the previous GOP fundraising record for a candidate for Baltimore County Executive, raising more money in the primary election than any other Republican candidate had raised through a general election. The previous record was $287,000.

Since announcing his campaign in September of 2017, Redmer has raised over $1 million. Over half of those contributions came from individuals, compared to his opponent’s less than 40 percentof contributions from individuals. In addition, the two candidates for Baltimore County Executive both raised over $500,000 in the most recent reporting period, further proving the competitive nature of this race.

Advertising:

Redmer became the first candidate for Baltimore County Executive to air television ads during the general election cycle, beating his opponent to the air by a week. The Redmer campaign likely benefited by debuting ads first, helping to define their opponent on television.

In addition, Redmer is the first Republican candidate to ever air ads on broadcast television. Broadcast television ads are one of the most effective, but expensive, tools to raise a candidate’s name identification and spread their message to a diverse electorate.

Even more notable is the fact that the Redmer campaign released not one but two broadcast television ads. The second ad, featuring Governor Larry Hogan, highlights Hogan’s enthusiastic endorsement of Redmer as well as their close personal and professional relationship and how their similar leadership styles will benefit Baltimore County residents and job creators.

Voter Contact:

The Redmer campaign has made an unprecedented number of direct voter contacts since the primary election. Since the primary election, volunteers countywide have made over 13,000 get-out-the-vote phone calls and knocked on over 150,000 doors in every district in the county.

Redmer’s opponent, by comparison, has stated that his team’s goal was to knock on 100,000 doors through the entirety of his campaign.

Endorsements:

Redmer is the first Republican to ever receive the endorsement of all three major public safety unions in Baltimore County: FOP Lodge #4, the Baltimore County police union; FOP Lodge #25, the Baltimore County sheriffs union; and IAFF Local 1311, the Baltimore County firefighters union.

Each of these union’s membership voted overwhelmingly to endorse Redmer for Baltimore County Executive.

Redmer has also secured the endorsement of several well-known Baltimore County Democrats, including former County Executive Dennis Rasmussen, former County Councilman and State Delegate Joe Bartenfelder, and former Lt. Governor Mickey Steinberg. The Redmer campaign expects to receive significantly better support among Democrats than previous Republican campaigns.

Additionally, Redmer received the endorsements of the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees (CASE), the union representing the principals, assistant principals, and other administrative employees in the Baltimore County School system, as well as Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a statewide, nonpartisan organization that advocates for pro-growth policies supporting economic development and increased job opportunities across Maryland.


Redmer Releases TV Ad Featuring Governor Larry Hogan

TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., the Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today began airing a second television for the general election. The ad, which will be shown on broadcast networks, features wildly popular Republican governor Larry Hogan, who has enthusiastically supported Redmer’s candidacy since it was announced in September of last year. The 30-second ad highlights the close personal and professional relationship between Redmer and Hogan, and how their similar leadership styles will benefit Baltimore County residents and job creators.

“I remain immensely grateful to Governor Hogan for his strong endorsement and steadfast support throughout this campaign,” Redmer said. “Governor Hogan’s leadership has greatly benefitted the state of Maryland, and I want to bring that same brand of pragmatic, results-focused leadership to Baltimore County. As County Executive, I’ll work side by side with Governor Hogan to demand accountability in our schools, encourage job creation, and make Baltimore County safer and more affordable.”

“Al Redmer is the most qualified Baltimore County Executive candidate in decades, and he is the only candidate in this race with the experience and vision to get Baltimore County back on the right track,” Governor Hogan said. “Together, Al Redmer and I will be strong partners and will work together to change Baltimore County for the better.”

Earlier this month, Redmer was the first candidate for Baltimore County Executive to release a television ad. He has run the most competitive general election race for Baltimore County Executive by a Republican in a generation, reaching a number of historic milestones in the last several weeks. To date, the campaign has raised over $1 million, shattering the previous Republican fundraising record for this office. In addition, Redmer is the first Republican in Baltimore County history to receive the endorsement of all three major public safety unions: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (police union), Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 (sheriffs union) and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1311 (fire fighters union). Redmer has also garnered the endorsement of a number of well-known and influential Baltimore County Democrats, including former County Executive Dennis Rasmussen, former County Councilman and state Delegate Joe Bartenfelder, and former Lt. Governor of Maryland Mickey Steinberg.


Former Lt. Governor Melvin A. Steinberg Endorses Al Redmer, Jr., for Baltimore County Executive

TOWSON, MD - Al Redmer, Jr., Republican nominee for Baltimore County Executive, today announced his endorsement from former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Melvin “Mickey” A. Steinberg. Steinberg, a Democrat, served as the fifth lieutenant governor of Maryland, under Governor William Donald Schaefer, from 1987 to 1995, and as President of the State Senate from 1983 to 1987.

“I am tremendously proud to support Al Redmer in his effort to become the next Baltimore County Executive,” Steinberg said. “Al not only knows how to work across the aisle to get things done, he has the business experience and the right skills to tackle the many challenges that the county is currently facing. His unique skill set and close relationship with Governor Hogan will be a huge benefit to Baltimore County and all its residents.”

“I am extremely honored to receive this endorsement from Mickey Steinberg and would like to thank him for joining the thousands of Democrats for Redmer who are putting the interests of Baltimore County and its residents over party politics,” Redmer said. “Mickey understands what it takes to run a government, and the critical need for experienced executive leadership at this cornerstone moment in our county’s history. I am very grateful for his support.”

In addition to Steinberg, Redmer has also been endorsed by well-known and influential Baltimore County Democrats Joe Bartenfelder, former state legislator and county councilman, and Dennis Rasmussen, former County Executive. In addition, he is the first Republican candidate for Baltimore County Executive in history to have been endorsed by every major public safety union in the county. He has also been endorsed by Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a statewide, nonpartisan organization that advocates for pro-growth policies supporting economic development and job creation, and the Council of Administrative & Supervisory Employees (CASE), an organization representing the county’s public school principals, assistant principals, and other administrative and supervisory employees.


Former Baltimore County Councilman and Delegate Joseph Bartenfelder Endorses Al Redmer, Jr.

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 SheriffsPolice, and Fire Fighters.

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Redmer Releases First TV Ad of Baltimore County Executive Race

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 Governmentlongtime Maryland political fixture Ellen Sauerbrey, and former Democratic Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen.

 

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Former Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen Endorses Al Redmer, Jr.

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.


Maryland Business for Responsive Government Endorses Al Redmer, Jr., for Baltimore County Executive

[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.


Ellen Sauerbrey Endorses Al Redmer, Jr. for Baltimore County Executive

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.


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