Bel Air commissioner candidates to appear at public forum Tuesday 7 men seek 3 seats in March 9 election HARFORD COUNTY

February 28, 1993|By Phyllis Brill | Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer

Everything from building the tax base to building the town's police force likely will be discussed when the candidates for three seats on the Bel Air Board of Commissioners appear in a public question-and-answer forum Tuesday night at Town Hall.

The seven candidates who will face off in the March 9 election have cited a variety of community issues as their priorities, most already familiar to the commission. Management of commercial and residential growth, the control of open-space use, the county's controversial tipping fees for dumping trash and the fate of the Bel Air Library are a few.

In addition, the board is expected to continue to deal with long-standing concerns like keeping Main Street viable as a commercial center.

The board is made up of five commissioners whose four-year terms are staggered.

Two of the candidates are incumbents, Mark S. Decker and Russell O. Poole, named by the board in November to complete the unexpired term of Patrick Goles, who resigned when he left Bel Air.

Mr. Decker, 33, is president of the family-owned Decker's Wine and Spirits. He has served on committees on public works, fire, appearance and preservation and community development during his first term and is chairman of the commissioners and honorary mayor.

Mr. Poole, 56, is an independent real estate broker who has been active in Harford County Parks and Recreation and is a past president of the Homestead Village Community Association.

A third commissioner, Philip Raub, who has served on the commission nine years, is not seeking re-election.

The other candidates are a teacher, an architect, a lawyer, an advertising executive and a retired Army general. None has held elective office in Harford County.

Robert A. Handy, 39, teaches history at Bel Air High School. The native Harford Countian is associated with the family business, Handy Stamp Shop, and has served on the Human Relations Commission of Harford County.

An architect with the Baltimore firm of Anshen and Allen Architects, Inc., Stephen C. Burdette has been a member of Bel Air's Historic District Commission five years and is on the board of the Major's Choice Homeowners Association. He is 40.

David Carey, a lawyer with Brown, Brown and Brown on Main Street, is also on the board of directors of English Country Manor condominiums. He is 28.

Michael Blum, 39, is head of Michael Blum Associates, a Bel Air advertising agency. He is a founding member of the Bel Air Business Association, president-elect of the Exchange Club of Harford County and chairman of the town's 1993 Independence Day parade. He has lived in Bel Air since 1985.

retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, Joe Brooks coordinates the Harford Leadership Academy, a 2-year-old management training organization. He is 60.

The session is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday and is sponsored by the West Bel Air Civic Association.

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