Democratic challengers vow to deal with growth

August 02, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Four Democratic challengers in the race for Carroll commissioner promised that if elected they would make changes to help the county deal better with growth, and the Democratic incumbent said he maintains his enthusiasm for the job.

The Carroll County Democratic Club invited the five Democratic commissioner candidates to speak at its meeting last night at Frisco Family Pub in Westminster. About 50 people attended.

Five Republicans also are vying for three commissioner seats. The primary is Sept. 13; three candidates from each party will advance to the general election in November.

Incumbent Elmer C. Lippy of Manchester stressed his experience.

"Give old dad one last chance to serve you. One last chance for a final hurrah," said Mr. Lippy, who is 74.

Neil Ridgely of Finksburg, the county's landscape and forest conservation manager, said he wants to make government more accessible.

"It's time to give the boot to the good-old-boy system that has controlled the county for too long," he said.

David A. Grand of Westminster, a retired federal worker and former volunteer in the county budget office, said he would bring "a new and fresh perspective" to the job. He has lived in the county five years.

Using a racehorse analogy, he said he would be "a long shot" to win. He then told challenger Rebecca A. Orenstein, a Westminster City Council member, that there would be no gender bias in the race.

"Boy and girl horses run together all the time," he said.

Ms. Orenstein said she wants to help deal with "the incredible contrasts" in the county -- the rural heritage and rapid growth. Carroll needs to preserve its heritage while encouraging responsible growth, she said.

Former Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh of Westminster said he would "just say no" to development unless roads, schools and other services were adequate. He said he supports adding lanes to Route 140 instead of building a bypass.

The Republican candidates for commissioner are Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, incumbent Commissioner Donald I. Dell of Westminster, David Duree of New Windsor, Charles Stull of Deep Run, and Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg.

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