Few of Baltimore County's state officials are on the endangered species list. That's a shame.
In the Essex area, District 6, we endorse Democratic Sen. Michael Collins, Del. Michael Weir, Del. E. Farrell Maddox and newcomer Leslie Hutchinson, who is displaying more political courage and initiative than her established ticket mates.
We have no trouble recommending Democrats John Arnick and Connie Galiazzo in the Dundalk area, District 7. Sadly, the GOP has not given voters much choice for the third slot. Thus we reluctantly lean toward Democrat Louis DePazzo, hoping he will mute his chronic negativism.
Voters in Perry Hall's District 8 also must make an unappetizing choice, between Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell and GOP nominee William Rush. We suggest a vote for Mr. Bromwell and urge him to become a more responsible county leader. In the delegates race, the three incumbents, Donna Felling, William Burgess and Joseph Bartenfelder, are superior to the Republicans.
Sen. F. Vernon Boozer is the standout in Towson's District 9, but we have not been impressed by his fellow Republican, Del. Martha Klima. Instead, we endorse two effective incumbents, Republican John Bishop and Democrat Michael Gisriel, and a promising first-timer, Gerry Brewster.
Democrat Janice Piccinini is clearly the better option in north county's District 10. The best in the delegates field is Republican Robert L. Ehrlich, an influential voice on the Judiciary Committee. We also recommend Democrat Ellery Woodworth and GOP Del. Wade Kach. Incumbent Republican Ellen Sauerbrey is out of step with her district on too many issues, including abortion rights.
There is little excitement in the Pikesville-Randallstown area, District 11. We have been unimpressed by Del. Leon Albin and endorse instead GOP community activist Ella White Campbell. Del. Richard Rynd has acquitted himself well this past term, as has Del. Theodore Levin.
Democratic Sen. Nancy L. Murphy is our pick in Catonsville's District 12. No Republicans filed to oppose the three Democratic delegates.