Behold, an Election Year CARROLL COUNTY

November 09, 1993

If all the people who say they will run for elected office actually go through with their promises, Carroll County should have an exciting election year come 1994. While some of the expected candidates have made their announcements, others are waiting in the wings to see how things sort out before declaring their intentions.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown's announcement last week that he will run for county commissioner should energize that race. In the past few years, Mr. Brown has loudly and publicly differed with the commissioners over recycling, solid waste collection and environmental questions. By throwing his hat into the Republican primary, he could sharpen the debate on some very important countywide issues.

It also appears that Westminster Councilman Stephen R. Chapin is positioning himself to run in the Republican primary for commissioner. While Mr. Chapin hasn't formally announced, he has resigned from his job at the commercial printing company affiliated with the Carroll County Times to avoid any accusations that he is using his position to influence coverage. Mr. Chapin may not occupy an elected office as visible as Mr. Brown's, but he has made a reputation on the council by offering strong perspectives on a number of issues, including opposing proposals to create an historic district in Westminster and to require fire sprinklers inside new homes.

It also appears that Sheriff John Brown will have at least one challenger. The former commander of the Westminster barracks of the state police, First Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, has decided to run in the Democratic primary. While Lieutenant Tregoning has kept his political views to himself during his 25-year police career, he was a member of a study group that called for creating a county police force should the state end the resident trooper program. He may have to first defeat former Sheriff Grover N. Sensabaugh, who apparently wants to regain the seat he lost to Mr. Brown in 1990.

Several candidates have already declared for state delegate seats, but many could well decided to jump in. Moreover, the incumbents in Carroll's State House delegation haven't declared their intentions yet. With the general election still 12 months away, a vibrant political year is already taking shape.

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