Endorsements in Districts 42 and 43

August 09, 1994

The 1992 redrawing of legislative lines introduced a number of districts which Baltimore City, because of its declining population, shares with Baltimore County. Among them is the 42nd district, which has added parts of Pikesville as well as Colonial Village, Millbrook, Summit Park, Ruxton, Riderwood and old Lutherville to its base in upper Park Heights, Mount Washington, Roland Park and Guilford.

The incumbent senator, Barbara Hoffman, is unopposed in the Democratic primary. In November, however, she will face J. Gary Lee, a nationwide developer and a former state official responsible for construction of Maryland's wholesale produce market in Jessup.

Four incumbents from redrawn districts are among those fighting for the three delegates' seats. Our strong endorsements go to James W. Campbell, Maggie McIntosh and Sandy Rosenberg. They are among the hardest-working delegates in Annapolis and will serve the interests of this city-county district with diligence. (Leon Albin, who was first elected in 1986, has not shown his effectiveness).

The choices in Northeast Baltimore's 43rd district are not as easy. John A. Pica, who was elected to the House of Delegates in 1978 and to the Senate in 1982, is facing a fierce challenge from Del. Curtis S. Anderson, a 12-year veteran of Annapolis.

Four years ago, Mr. Pica's rivals accused him of missed votes and inattention. After his slim victory, Mr. Pica did his best to reinvent himself as a politician. By all accounts, his performance has improved markedly. He now feels entitled to criticize Mr. Anderson for failings that were previously attributed to him.

Mr. Pica chairs the city Senate delegation and holds important committee assignments. We endorse him for re-election in the conviction that his defeat would be a defeat for Baltimore City.

Among candidates for delegate, voters have intriguing choices in Bill Henry II, Joan Carter Conway and Abe McCauley. However, our endorsements go to the incumbents, Ann Marie Doory, Kenneth C. Montague Jr. and Gerald J. Curran. Because of their seniority and know-how, they are in the best position to deliver for their city and district.

Tomorrow: Districts 44 and 45.

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