Endorsements in Legislative District 8

August 16, 1994

The 8th Legislative District should produce intriguing senatorial races in both the primary and general elections. Democratic incumbent Thomas L. Bromwell is the front-runner in the contest against challenger and former delegate Donna M. Felling. In 1990, Mr. Bromwell got the scare of his life when he was elected to a third term by an unexpectedly slim margin. He says the experience has made him a more conscientious senator. But we believe Mr. Bromwell has not displayed the brand of leadership that should earn him a fourth go-round in Annapolis. The county delegation, particularly during the last term, has not produced results commensurate to a jurisdiction of Baltimore County's size and needs. As the county delegation's Senate chairman since 1986, Mr. Bromwell deserves to be held accountable for that lack of success.

That's why we endorse Ms. Felling, who lost her bid for re-election in the anti-incumbent year of 1990 but is still remembered by her old colleagues at the State House as a smart, responsible legislator. Her background in nursing should make her especially valuable as the state continues to wrestle with health care issues.

On the Republican side, Del. John J. Bishop gets our nod over Scott O. Stout. Mr. Bishop has proved himself to be diligent and reasonable during his two terms in the House of Delegates, as when he sought rational solutions to the 1993 school system controversy that other legislators fecklessly milked for political benefit.

From the list of Democratic delegate candidates in the 8th, we support John G. Disney, an attorney and ex-member of the county planning board and Board of Appeals; Charles Patrick Kazlo, an accountant and administrator in the state Division of Financial Regulation; and Katherine Klausmeier, long active in many community and local education groups. One of our choices from among the Republicans is Calvin Clemons, owner of a company that manages trade associations and business organizations. He could bring needed financial acumen to the House. Less enthusiastically -- and for lack of better choices -- we also pick incumbent Dels. James F. Ports Jr. and Alfred W. Redmer Jr., who made few constructive contributions in Annapolis.

Tomorrow: Legislative Districts 9A and 9B.

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