The Democratic National Convention in New York City this summer willbe action-packed and issue-oriented, predicts an Eldersburg residentelected as a delegate.
"I think it's going to be one of the most exciting conventions the Democratic Party has seen in a long time," said Gail Reilly Cross, who was elected as a delegate for Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.
"We've got a lot of meat this time, a lot of issues," she said ofthe July 13-16 event in which the party will choose its candidate for president.
Cross and Sykesville resident William S. Hudson Jr., who have been friends for about 12 years, were the only two Clinton delegates elected from the 6th Congressional District and the only representatives for any candidate elected from Carroll.
Democrat PaulTsongas, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, received two delegates and one alternate from the district, said Tom Cowley, Maryland Democratic Party executive director.
President Bush received threecandidates from the district, which encompasses Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties and part of Howard.
Cross, 48, is a self-employed land appraiser. She has been active in the Democratic Party for 24 years and has served as president of four party clubs.
From 1982 to 1986, she was an Orphans Court judge. In November 1990, she lost by about 1,300 votes to Reese L. Starner, the Republican incumbent in the race for county Register of Wills.
In 1988, Cross ran unsuccessfully as a delegate for Democrat Richard Gephardt of Missouri.
Hudson, 50, works in food administration at the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville. He has been a state employee for 33 years and is Maryland president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.
He is past vice president of the Carroll County NAACP, past president of the SykesvilleRotary Club and a member of the White Rock Methodist Church in Sykesville.
L. Gregory Pecoraro, chairman of Carroll's Democratic Central Committee, said Cross and Hudson will represent the county and district well and will be strong supporters of Clinton.
"It's terrific Carroll County will have two people representing us," he said.
This was the first time Hudson had run for a delegate seat. He said his union decided to support Clinton after state employees in Arkansas wrote a letter of support for their governor.
Clinton has a good plan to put people back to work through a combination of improving education, cutting taxes and persuading people to buy more American-madeproducts, Hudson said.
"Working people are what make the country run," he said.
The delegates will have a say in the party platformwritten at the convention, he said.
The three top issues for the party will be education, jobs and health care, Cross said.
"It's apparent to me that the Bush administration has not addressed those issues with force or conviction," she said. "The Republicans do not have their hearts and souls into putting the country back on its feet.
"The Democrats say it may hurt and take a long time, but we're committed to this. Life isn't instant pudding, and politics isn't instantpudding.
"I don't expect miracles out of anybody, but the Republicans have had lots of time, and they haven't done it."