In the First District, we endorse Democrat Shane Pendergrass whose years of community service and leadership on the council qualify her for another term. Republican challenger Dennis R. Schrader, a hospital facilities director, has some interesting ideas about growth, though.
Republican Darrel Drown is our choice in the Second District over incumbent Angela Beltram. Ms. Beltram has been a vocal force on the council and among its most strident growth critics. ++ We nonetheless question her effectiveness. She seems easily sidetracked by frivolous initiatives such as the lawn-mowing bill. Mr. Drown, a budget officer for the county schools, would infuse the council with fresh ideas and financial expertise.