CONSERVATION GROUP ENDORSES CANDIDATES
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has released its final list of endorsements for the Nov. 6 election.
For the state Senate, the state-wide environmental lobby has endorsed four incumbents in Anne Arundel County. They are Democrats Bernie Fowler in District 29, Gerald Winegrad in District 30 and Philip Jimeno in District 31. The group also endorsed Republican John Cade in District 33.
For state House of Delegates, the conservation group endorsed two incumbent Democrats and two Democratic challengers. The group favors challenger Edith Segree in District 30; incumbent W. Ray Huff and challenger Joan Cadden in District 31; and incumbent Marsha G. Perry in District 33.
"This list represents the key for environmental protection in the state," said Annapolis resident Joan Willey, who chairs the League of Conservation Voters. Willey said the endorsements are meant to expose the "greenscam" by candidates who falsely claim to be pro-environment.
JIMENO COUNTERS CLAIMS OF VIOLATIONS
State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, responded Wednesday to recent allegations by his District 31 opponent, Republican John R. Leopold, that he violated campaign laws by distributing campaign materials without the proper authority line.
At an Oct. 25 debate in Pasadena, Leopold, a two-term state delegate, said that Jimeno had distributed campaign literature without the proper authority line and he produced for the audience a 10-page, type-written narrative with hand-written notes in the margin.
Leopold accused Jimeno of "dirty politics."
Jimeno responded by questioning how Leopold obtained "an internal campaign document" that was not distributed.
In a statement to the press, Jimeno said, "Obviously, my campaign would not distribute such a lengthy document with hand-written comments. It's obvious by looking at this alleged campaign material that it's not campaign material."
The senator added, "This is just another example of Mr. Leopold's attempts to run this campaign by innuendo and distortion."
EDUCATIONAL LEADERS BACK CADDEN'S EFFORT
The Association of Educational Leaders of Anne Arundel County endorsed Joan Cadden for one of three District 31 House of Delegates seats.
Cadden's commitment to education earned her the endorsement of the group which represents county school principals and assistant principals, a press release said. She demonstrated leadership during her term on the county Board of Education and was for many years active on the Citizens' Advisory Committee and in the PTA.
Cadden's views and philosophy on education and quality in the classroom are synonymous with those of AEL, the press release said.