Former Democratic County Commissioner Jeff Griffith and former Republican state Sen. Sharon W. Hornberger will begin writing regular opinion pieces for The Carroll County Sun.
Griffith's "The Way It Is" and Hornberger's "As I See It" will be featured on the Dialogue Page twice monthly, beginning next Sunday.
"I am pleased to have two such knowledgeable people joining our staff," Editor Edward Shur said. "They have a long record of service on the local and state level.
"We are looking forward to Jeff and Sharon spicing up our Dialogue Page with diverse views on topics of interest to our readers."
While serving his two terms as commissioner, Griffith was on the Rec and Parks Board and helped start the recycling center on Route 140 and the Suicide Prevention Center. He also worked with drug- and alcohol-prevention programs and Carroll's first youth drug summit.
Prior to being elected commissioner, he served on the school board for six years. He lost a bid for the state Senatein November.
An English professor since 1967, Griffith taught in Baltimore's junior high and high schools, as well as the Community College of Baltimore (now the New Community College of Baltimore), Loyola College in Baltimore and Western Maryland College. He will join the faculty of Carroll Community College as an assistant professor of English this spring.
Having passed the bar exam last year, Griffithpractices general law in Carroll and Baltimore counties, handling child custody cases and working for those with environmental concerns.
The graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law also hastwo master's degrees, in teaching and liberal arts, from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Griffith, who celebrates his 47th birthday Feb. 5, has a public service record of work that includes the Jaycees, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and several United Way agencies and committees.
Hornberger was appointed to the District 5 Senate seat for the 1990 legislative session, replacing RaymondE. Beck when he became a Circuit Court judge.
Hornberger, 45, wholost her bid for election to the Senate in the primary, served as Beck's senatorial administrative assistant from 1983 to 1989.
Her other political experience includes being district coordinator for then-Delegate Beck (1981-1983); Beck campaign headquarters coordinator (1980); Beck volunteer (1978); Reagan/Bush presidential campaign volunteer (1980 and 1984); Robert Pascal gubernatorial campaign headquarters coordinator (1982); Beck Senate campaign coordinator (1982 and 1986); Frank D. Coleman House campaign coordinator (1982); County Commissioner campaign volunteer (1986); George Bush county co-chairman and 6th District coordinator for Bush/Quayle (1988).
In 1986, Hornberger was elected to the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, which she chaired from May 1988 to October 1989. Since 1988, she has been a member of Operation Fill the Boat, a candidate-recruitment committee. She served as an alternate delegate to the 1988 Republican National Committee.
She attended the National Conservative Political Action Committee Campaign Management School in 1980 and the Maryland Republican Party/Republican National Committee Campaign Management School in 1985.
Outside the political arena, she was Baltimore showroom branch manager for Certified Leasing Co. and outside sales representative for Olsten Temporary Services in Towson, Baltimore County, andAddressograph/Multigraph Corp. of Baltimore. She also has been a computer operator for area firms.
Hornberger's community activities include being a member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee (1986 to 1990), a state officer in the Maryland Federation of Republican Women (1986 to 1988), a member of the Westminster Ladies of the Elks and a neighborhood canvasser for the American Cancer Society.Her hobbies include modeling, writing poetry, reading and politics.