FLETCHER GOES TO FORUM
Bob Fletcher, school board member and candidate for re-election next month, participated in the East Carroll Republican Club forum Sept. 26.
He stressed the need to aggressively manage growth to meet existing as well as future demands and emphasized the need to improve the student-staff ratio.
Commenting on the Maryland State Board of Education's decision last week to extend the school year by 20 days, Fletcher noted that quantity does not equal quality.
Rather, he emphasizes quality instruction through an improved student-staff ratio and staff development.
Fletcher will have a campaign rally and fund-raiser 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Frock's. Donation is $10.
Information: 857-0346 or 848-8136.
HAINES IS ENDORSED
Senate candidate Larry E. Haines was at the Inner Harbor Sept. 24 garnering the endorsement of the Maryland Business for Responsive Government Action Committee, a pro-business group.
The group chose Haines for his experience in the business community.
Haines is the owner of the family-run Haines Realty Brokerage and Appraisal firm, with 20 years' experience serving homeowners' needs.
On Sept. 25 he spoke to the Maryland Aggregates Association and later participated in the Advocacy Group for the Elderly candidates forum.
Haines rode in the Westminster Fall Fest parade last Thursday, afterward working on strategy with his executive committee.
He then spent last Saturday campaigning door-to-door in Baltimore and Carroll counties, listening to residents' concerns personally.
"I can't emphasize enough how much I learn from people when I hear from them," he said. "I listen and I make sure I remember what the issues are to them. What's on their mind is important -- not what's on my mind."
Upcoming for Haines is a rally and fund-raiser Oct. 23 at Frock's.
Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.
RECEPTION FOR WILLIS
A reception to support the candidacy of Democrat Ellen Willis for the House of Delegates District 5A (Carroll) will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16, at Martin's Westminster.
Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door or by calling 857-2103 days or 833-2362 evenings.
Other candidates and elected officials will be present to speak in support of Willis.
Also, Willis has received the following endorsements by various special interest and citizens groups: Carroll County Teachers Association, Maryland State Teachers Association, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Maryland Citizens PAC, AFL-CIO, Maryland Choice, Maryland Classified Employees Association.
The endorsements recognize Willis' work on the preservation of the environment, quality education, effective and responsible government and freedom of choice issues.
Willis is the program coordinator for business and industry at Carroll Community College and chairs the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Business/Education Committee.
She says she is committed to the development of the educational system, especially the vocational-technical programs needed to prepare students for future employment opportunities.
If elected, she says, she would support enhanced marketing of these programs, as well as an expanded curriculum, with the objective to produce better equipped citizens and workers for the future.
She is a member of the Carroll County Earth Day Committee.
Willis says she would further mandate municipal and county recycling requirements.
She is a member of the Westminster City Advisory Task Force on Government Administration and was elected to represent the 6th congressional district at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
If elected, Willis says, she would examine the concept of "bare bones" health insurance -- an approach used by some states to allow small businesses to offer a leaner, more affordable catastrophic health care program.
Willis says she believes that decisions concerning abortion should be left to the individual and that government intervention in this highly personal issue is inappropriate beyond those stipulations set forth in Roe v. Wade.
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