The following is a summary of the District 35A candidates and their views on the issues facing Harford County:
Donald C. Fry
Fry, 35, of Hickory, until recently chairman of the county Democratic Central Committee, is a lawyer with a private practice in Bel Air. He ran for the same seat in 1982 but lost in the primary.
But this time around, Fry said, his experience in public service and his duties as manager of a Bel Air law firm make him stand out among the candidates.
Fry has served as chairman of the state Commission on Human Relations and the county Board of Estimates.
The candidate said he wants to find ways to control state spending and help the county deal with growth. Fry said the county should not be left alone to deal with problems related to its rapid pace of development. Many growth issues -- education, roads, open space and recycling -- should be addressed on the county and state level.
James M. Harkins
After three years as chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, Harkins is taking another step into the political fray in the race for District 35A.
Harkins, 36, of Whiteford, is supervisor of the criminal investigation division at the Sheriff's Department, where he has been employed for 17 years.
From his position with the department, Harkins said he sees drug abuse as the biggest problem facing the county. As a delegate, he said, he would work to change the state judicial laws to make it more difficult for drug offenders to buck the system. He added that he favors expanding enforcement and forfeiture laws that take property from drug offenders.
Dorothy Polek Stancill
Stancill, 47, of Joppa, is vice president for marketing of Harford Sands Inc., a sand and gravel mining company. Her husband, Larry, is president of the company. Stancill ran for the District 35A seat in 1986, losing in the general election. She said she will want to take a close look at the state budget if elected. She said the state should look for new ways to fund education. One idea she offers is to set aside for schools some of the money collected from real-estate transfer taxes.
Joseph V. Lutz
As a two-term incumbent and vice chairman of the economic matters committee, Lutz said he offers the experience and the knowledge to work with a Democratic governor to make sure Harford County gets a fair share of state funding. Lutz, 42, of Forest Hill, is a manager at Digital Equipment Corp. in Landover, Prince George's County. The District 35A seat is the only public office Lutz has held; he was first elected in 1982. He points to the passage of his homebuyers protection bill and his "lemon" car bill as two of his top achievements.