Investigator to seek county office

June 07, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

David A. Grand said he is running for Carroll County commissioner because he has seen for himself -- and uncovered for the current commissioners -- some of what's wrong with county government.

As a volunteer worker in the Department of Management and Budget, Mr. Grand conducted an investigation into operations at Carroll's two landfills that eventually led to the arrests of three workers in the theft of recyclable metals.

He said yesterday he plans to make his findings at the landfill a major part of his campaign. The Democrat said he no longer is doing volunteer work for the county.

"I've seen the good and the bad," he said. "I know how to ask questions, and I know how to find the truth. I don't flinch."

Mr. Grand said he will discuss his investigation into the landfill during the campaign and criticize how the commissioners handled the issue.

He is one of four Democrats and four Republicans who have announced they are running for three commissioner seats. The primary is Sept. 13; three candidates from each party will advance to the general election in November.

Mr. Grand, 62, retired from the federal government in 1984 after doing security and investigative work for about 30 years, first in the Department of Defense and then in the Treasury Department.

He said he has "put people in prison all my life."

Mr. Grand moved to Carroll about five years ago and lives in the Westminster area. He said he is "virtually unknown" in the county, but not afraid to speak out. He has never run for office.

"I can talk pretty well. It wouldn't hurt to inject a little humor in this campaign," he said. "A little intellect wouldn't hurt, either."

Mr. Grand said if elected he would reduce the size of county government, open more of the commissioners' meetings to the public and try to develop a good working relationship with the Board of Education and other outside agencies.

"I've learned the art of reasoning and compromise," he said.

"The county needs to be run more like a business instead of a fraternal order. There is a close-knit family atmosphere in the county. That has to be watched carefully."

He also said he would try to limit growth in Carroll. "I would not extend Interstate 795 1 inch."

He said he moved to the county because of "the lovely pastoral setting."

The other Democrats running for a commissioner seat are:

* Incumbent Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, a former mayor of Manchester.

* Westminster City Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein.

* Neil Ridgely of Finksburg, the county's landscape and forest conservation manager.

The Republican candidates are:

* Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown.

* Incumbent Commissioner Donald I. Dell of Westminster.

* Charles Stull of Deep Run, office manager of the state Department of Parole and Probation in Westminster.

* Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg, a retired federal employee who ran for commissioner in 1990.

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