Ronald B. Hickernell, a three-term incumbent, has earned re-election in the First District. Berchie Manley, the Republican candidate, expresses valid concerns about overdevelopment but shows a dim understanding of the county's complex problems.
In the Second District, Republican George W. Murphy has launched a strong challenge against Melvin G. Mintz, the incumbent. Mr. Mintz is the better of the two, but he ought to pay attention to concerns of the populous Liberty Road corridor.
Third District Councilman C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger deserves another term. But sadly, three-term Councilwoman Barbara F. Bachur has lost her effectiveness in the Fourth District. We endorse Republican Douglas Riley, a lawyer and former president of the Towson Business Association, despite his ill-founded support of the tax cap.