Caroline County has not elected a delegate to the General Assembly for eight years, which leaves its citizens orphaned in Annapolis. Yet Caroline needs the state's help: The county's schools, for instance, rank last in per-pupil spending.
Most of Caroline lies within the 37th legislative district, which also includes Wicomico and Dorchester counties and part of Talbot County. Caroline and Talbot have the fewest voters in the district. Caroline's voting strength is further diluted because some of its 24,500 citizens are in the 36th District, shared by Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties and the rest of Talbot County.
In the Nov. 6 general election, Caroline voters have a good chance of sending one of their own -- Robert A. Thornton Jr., a 42-year-old Denton lawyer -- to the Houseof Delegates. The weakest nominee for one of the three delegate spots appears to be Talbot's Kenneth D. Schisler, nominated by the Republicans. He is a 22-year-old college student with little experience.