The guard is changing in Harford County.
After 18 years in county government -- the last eight as county executive -- Habern W. Freeman Jr. is moving to Annapolis as state senator. This has created a political domino effect which assures that the county council and legislative delegation will experience considerable turnover. The dilemma confronting Harford County voters Nov. 6 is how to select the best of newcomers while reassuring that enough expertise is retained to guarantee continuity in government.
The Sun believes that Harford voters can achieve this by choosing Geoffrey R. Close for county executive and Jeffrey D. Wilson for county council president.
In his eight years as Bel Air's mayor, Mr. Close gained executive experience that his Democratic opponent, Del. Eileen M. Rehrmann, sorely lacks. In other respects, Ms. Rehrmann has an impressive record. But so does Mr. Close. We particularly feel that his fiscal conservatism -- and his realization that state aid from Annapolis has its problems and, in any case, is drying up -- is a policy Harford needs at this point. His well-formulated positions advocate strict adherence to growth controls, a major concern in the county.
In recommending the incumbent Mr. Wilson over Frederick J. Hatem in the county council president's race, we are favoring continuity. Although he is relatively new on the job, Mr. Wilson has grown in office. He, too, has a well thought-out agenda for Harford's future.