Albert plans to challenge Starner

April 04, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Westminster Democrat Suzanne W. Albert said she will challenge 28-year incumbent Republican Reese L. Starner for the post of Carroll County register of wills in elections this year.

Mr. Starner, 77, also of Westminster, has held the office since 1966.

Mrs. Albert, 61, ran for the office in 1990, but Gail Reilly Cross defeated her in the primary.

Mrs. Albert acknowledged it will be tough to unseat an entrenched incumbent, but said she has experience in government and plans a thorough campaign.

Leaders of both parties said last week they do not know of any others planning to run for the office.

Mrs. Albert said she would like to introduce more computerization into the Carroll office.

The register of wills is responsible for keeping records on estates and is the clerk for the Orphans Court, where three judges hear probate cases two days a week.

Mr. Starner said the register of wills handles about 450 estates a year. He said the salary is $50,000.

He said, "It's important to the people of Carroll County to have an experienced man in this position."

Before taking office, Mr. Starner worked in sales for various companies for 26 years. During World War II, he served in the Army.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Baust Lutheran Church in Tyrone.

Mrs. Albert has been a state employee for 29 years. For the past four months, she has worked as a nurse consultant for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

She also has worked for the Department of Human Resources in the Child Care Administration, for Maryland Occupational Safety and Health and as a community health nurse in Anne Arundel County.

Mrs. Albert is a member of Rape Crisis Intervention Services Inc., the League of Women Voters and St. John Catholic Church.

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