Endorsements in Districts 46 and 47A

August 11, 1994

Perry Sfikas is one lucky fellow. The former aide to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski got elected to the City Council three years ago. After American Joe Miedusiewski decided to run for governor, Mr. Sfikas wasted no time in staking a claim to the soon-to-be-vacant 46th district Senate seat. Barring an unforeseen upset, his luck will continue Sept. 13.

Mr. Sfikas has two challengers. But Del. Anthony M. DiPietro Jr. has been an unimpressive performer and Thomas Siemek, who was in the House of Delegates in the 1940s, has not run a serious campaign.

Mr. Sfikas, with so much potential, has been a disappointment on the City Council. We endorse him hoping that he will stand taller in Annapolis.

East Baltimoreans have few real alternatives among delegate candidates, including John A. Schaefer, the discredited former councilman. We urge votes for incumbents Carolyn K. Krysiak and Cornell Dypski as well as for Peter A. Hammen, a promising newcomer from an old political family.

South Baltimore's 47A district has a real dogfight going on. Five major Democratic candidates, each with an overlapping power base, are vying for the two nominations for delegate.

We favor one incumbent, Brian K. McHale, a clerk with the International Longshoremen's Association. He has given his district intelligent representation. Even a sermon from the pulpit by his parish priest did not sway his position on abortion rights.

The other incumbent, R. Charles Avara, should have called it quits after 28 years. Councilman Timothy D. Murphy and Edward L. Reisinger would be capable replacements. But neither has the promise of Randolph M. Collins, a community activist who has worked for Sen. Charles McC. Mathias and Gov. William Donald Schaefer. We strongly endorse Mr. Collins.

Sen. George W. Della Jr. has only nominal opponents in District ** 47, which takes in South Baltimore and part of Baltimore County. We endorse him in the hope that he will play a more responsible role in the Senate.

Tomorrow: District 47B.

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