A group of county Republicans announced support yesterday for the relection of U.S. Representative Tom McMillen, D-4th District, adding another political advantage to his incumbency and overwhelming lead in campaign contributions.
"We all know Tom as a friend and public servant to all his constituents, Democrats and Republicans, and he deserves everyone's support," said Republicans for McMillen member Jack Kendall.
McMillen's commitment to the county's quality of life helps him rise "above the partisan squabbles," he said.
Kendall, a Severna Park resident and assistant football coach at John Hopkins University, was a member of the Fort Meade Coordinating Council, a local group the congressman helped form to advise the U.S. Army on how to dispose of surplus land at Fort George G. Meade.
McMillen was instrumental in crafting a deal with the Bush administration to preserve 7,600 of 9,000 acres at Fort Meade as a nature reserve.
Other members of the GOP group include Lt. Col. (retired) Alfred Shehab, who headed both the Fort Meade council and another group that formulated stricter zoning rules for Odenton, and Jack Meyer Sr., immediate past president of the Forks of the Patuxent Civic Association.
Republican congressional nominee Robert Duckworth has criticized the Fort Meade deal as a cave-in that would allow further development in booming Odenton. Duckworth, the immediate past president of the Crofton Civic Association, says that if elected, he would work to preserve the other 1,400 acres at Fort Meade.
Duckworth faces an uphill battle against McMillen, a favorite of savings and loans and other political action committee contributors. In their June campaign finance filings with the Federal Election Commission, McMillen reported having more than $400,000 on hand, compared to Duckworth's $6,108.
Duckworth, who has pledged not to take any PAC money from outside the district, is his own biggest source of funds, with $19,000 in personal loans as of June 30. Since winning the primary, he says he has received another $5,000 in contributions.
TAX CAP MEASURE SUBJECT FOR DEBATE
The League of Women Voters is holding a forum Oct. 18 on the proposed charter amendment to limit growth in county property tax revenues.
The event will feature a debate between Robert Schaeffer, president of Anne Arundel Taxpayers for Responsive Government and County Councilwoman Carole Baker, D-Severna Park, and George Shank, founding members of Fairness to All County Taxpayers, which opposes the measure.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd., in Severna Park.
Information: Carol Sures, 757-9071.