Carroll rejects home rule, ousts school board chief CARROLL COUNTY

November 04, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke and Anne Haddad | Kerry O'Rourke and Anne Haddad,Staff Writers

Voters in Carroll County have rejected home rule for the third time in 30 years.

And a challenger has defeated the incumbent president of the county school board.

Unofficial results from all 35 of Carroll's precincts showed a proposal for charter government losing by 62 percent to 38 percent.

In the race for a seat on the Carroll County Board of Education, challenger C. Scott Stone defeated incumbent Cheryl A. McFalls, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Results of the election were delayed last night after an electrical transformer failed in Westminster, blacking out the County Office Building and downing its vote-counting computers.

The proposed charter would have replaced the commissioner form of government with a five-member council elected by districts and an appointed administrator.

Under the charter, the council would have had the power to introduce and pass laws and residents could have petitioned almost any law to referendum.

"There may be a time when Carroll County is ready and charter would be more effective, but not right now," said Edie Ann Snader, who farms outside New Windsor with her husband, Philip.

In her campaign, Mrs. McFalls, 41, a Manchester homemaker, had emphasized her long history of involvement in schools.

She has a conservative record for votes against materials used in the classroom, especially those dealing with sex education, family values and Halloween.

She received her strongest public criticism, along with the rest of the board, for approving an employment contract last year that provided Superintendent R. Edward Shilling with built-in pay raises.

Mr. Stone, 41, of Hampstead, emphasized technology and the global competition young people will face as they enter the work world.

The AT&T engineer advocated evening school board meetings.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, 62, who ran unopposed, appeared to have won a 15-year term.

Three polling places and the County Office Building where votes are counted were among 5,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers left without power from shortly before 7 p.m. until shortly after 8 p.m., BG&E spokesman John Metzger said.

Customers in a strip from Reese through Westminster and into Frizzellburg and Union Mills lost power because of the transformer failure at the Westminster substation at John and Carroll streets, he said.

Officials said they were unsure of the cause.

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