Sensabaugh running for county commissioner

June 10, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh filed yesterday to run for a county commissioner seat because, he said, he has "the good common sense" to solve county problems.

Mr. Sensabaugh, 66, is a Democrat and lives in Westminster. He lost a bid for a third term as sheriff in 1990 by 227 votes to Republican John H. Brown.

"The county is reaching a crossroad in our future," he said in a written statement. "We have got to take the right road. We are facing unprecedented growth in population, which is going to cause all kinds of problems if not managed properly."

Mr. Sensabaugh had hinted earlier this year that he might run for sheriff again, but in February he threw his support to Democratic candidate First Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, a former commander of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster.

Mr. Sensabaugh is one of five 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.

The former sheriff said it will take good management and common sense to solve problems such as rising crime, jail crowding, school crowding and traffic congestion.

"I have lived and worked in this county for more than 40 years. I have come to love this area more than anyplace I have ever been. I want to see it continue to be what we want it to be," he said.

Mr. Sensabaugh retired as a state trooper in 1981. During his 30-year career, he reached the rank of first lieutenant, commanded the Glen Burnie and Frederick barracks, and was assistant commander at the Westminster barracks.

He was Carroll sheriff from 1982 to 1990.

He supports forming a county police force to replace the state police Resident Trooper program, which has more than 40 officers in Carroll. He said the county should have its own 24-hour police force.

Mr. Sensabaugh is a member of the Westminster Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Order of Moose.

The other Democrats running for a commissioner seat are:

* David A. Grand of Westminster, a retired federal government worker and former volunteer in the county budget office.

* 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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