In Monday's editions, an editorial incorrectly put a candidate for Carroll County commissioner in the wrong political party. Elmer Lippy, the candidate endorsed by The Sun, is a Democrat.
Carroll County needs progressive leaders to manage the expansion that has made its communities so popular, pushing the population of this once-rural subdivision to 127,000. As Carroll's numbers have grown, so have the problems.
Newcomers, many from Baltimore City and Baltimore County, expect quality public education, police and fire protection, controlled growth, a clean environment, easy highway access and continued protection of the rolling fields that lured them to Carroll in the first place. But can the next trio of commissioners satisfy these residents -- as well as long-time county dwellers and business interests -- while holding to the current $2.35 property tax rate?
FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION
The three candidates who best qualify for the jobs as county commissioner are two Republicans, Julia Walsh Gouge and Elmer Lippy, and Democrat Sharon L. Baker.
Mrs. Gouge, 50, is the lone incumbent on the three-member Board of Commissioners running for re-election. She served well in her first four-year term, proving that her earlier experience as mayor and councilwoman for the town of Hampstead was a considerable asset. On the new commission, she would provide continuity and depth of understanding of Carroll County's governmental operations.
Republican Elmer Lippy, 70, as mayor of Manchester gained similar skills to Mrs. Gouge in drafting a town budget to deliver public services. His recognizes that Carroll County must come to grips with its growth, cooperate with Baltimore City and implement new programs such as waste recycling. His prior government experience would be a plus on the commission.
We recommend Sharon L. Baker, 45, for the third seat. She has worked 15 years in county government, currently supervising programs for the Department of Aging. Her interest in providing local citizens with affordable housing and better public education make her a superior candidate in this election.