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Cathy Bevins: Political Walking Dead?

As rezoning referendum lingers for 2014, the first-term Oliver Beach Democrat says one developer has painted a big target on her back.

Cathy Bevins doesn't look like a political zombie.

But to hear her tell it, at least one zoning-enraged developer has declared her among the politically walking dead for the coming 2014 election.

Bevins, the first-term Oliver Beach Democrat, believes she has a target on her back because of the zoning decision she made in September on the Middle River Depot.

David Cordish, a well-known developer and owner of nearby Carroll Island Shopping Center, is not pleased with her rezoning and is helping back an effort to overturn the decision at the 2014 ballot box. Bevins said that the message she's been given is that Cordish may be looking for a candidate to challenge her in that same year.

"I've heard he's said that I am politically dead in 2014," said Bevins.

Cordish, along with David S. Brown Enterprises, have into an effort to defeat zoning decisions in districts represented by Bevins and Councilwoman Vicki Almond.

"Who the hell is David Cordish to come out of the blue and start a referendum against my maps?" said Bevins, adding that she would rather work with the developer than fight him.

"His shopping center is struggling," said Bevins. "I'd think he'd want to think of how to reinvest and re-invent it. I'd be willing to work with him."

But she acknowledges that she could face a Cordish-backed primary challenge in her new district that is redrawn to favor a Democratic candidate.

"If he wants to back a candidate, if he wants to spend his money and his time doing that then he can and I can't spend a lot of time worrying about it," Bevins said.

Bevins is also not wasting time raising money. The councilwoman, like her collegaues, is now raising money again after taking more than a year off because of the quadrennial rezoning process.

Last week she held a fundraiser reportedly attended by about 250 people who paid $35 per person. Another 15 businesses sponsored the event at $250 each.

Next week, Bevins will hold another higher-priced event at the Arbors at Crossroads where the ticket prices top out at $1,000 per person.

Ultimately, Bevins says it's her constituent service that will keep her in offce.

"I'm not doing a bad job," she said. "If David Cordish thinks he can make the argument and say that I'm doing a bad job and find someone to run against me then that's his god-given right."

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Ann Miller June 12, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Mark Patro, the idea that petitions which are protected under our First Amendment are somehow an issue just because two developers abused the process is like saying we should discard elections because occasionally a candidate may not uphold his campaign promises. Petitions only put the question on the ballot for the voters to decide. It's a critical part of the system of checks and balances. The lesson here is that the electorate needs to be sure of what they are signing and educated on it before they cast their vote - just like with candidates.
Mark Patro June 12, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Maybe its time to mention an effort in Marylan to get corporate (including developer) money out of politics. http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/
Buck Harmon June 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Ain't gonna happen in our lifetime...campaign finance reform would be a step in the right direction though...big money rules our Country like a Kingdom without fear...
Mark Patro June 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
It will happen if everyone who is concerned or angry about it steps up and does something to change it, otherwise I'm afraid you are right.
Tammy Zaluzney April 21, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Ms. Bevins has also failed the 433,105 pet owning county residents who care that according to CAPA for Maryland, Baltimore Co. has the worst performing animal shelter in the state. Like her puppet master, Kevin Kamenetz, so denies clear evidence of the ongoing abuse occuring there and would rather throw 6 million dollars at the problem in the form of a new building than fix the real issues. No, I dare say Mr. Cordish is not the only constituent who has been ignored and even villified as Ms. Bevins plays the victim.

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