Picks in Districts 13B and 14B

August 16, 1994

The advent of Columbia more than 25 years ago brought many things to Howard County, liberalism among them. The county's rural west and southern tip, however, remain largely conservative country. In these areas, Republicans retain their strongest hold on elective office.

In the Senate race in District 14, which includes western Howard and a sliver of Montgomery County, Republican incumbent Christopher J. McCabe faces Anne R. Ward. The owner of a sports equipment store, Ms. Ward has scant political experience. She and Mr. McCabe share similar views on some key issues, such as limiting the expansion of state-sanctioned gambling, but Mr. McCabe's legislative experience makes him a far better choice in the primary.

Among the Democrats, we prefer Glenelg High School teacher Jim Mundy over Michael P. Dupuy, owner of a computer business, due in part to Mr. Mundy's work on the county Industrial Development Authority and chairing the county Board

of Health.

Competing for the Democratic nomination in District 13B are Joe Robinson, the mayor of Laurel, and John Giannetti, co-owner of a graphic design firm. Despite his experience, Mr. Robinson is vague on the issues. Mr. Giannetti, meanwhile, is strongly pro-choice on abortion and supports a Redskins stadium in Laurel. Overall, he would make the better nominee. The winner faces Republican incumbent John S. Morgan in the general election.

In District 14B, which covers western Howard, five Democrats are vying for two House of Delegates seats. They include Richard E. Crabb, Bushrod W. Hopkins and Teresa M. Rush. But attorney Andy Levy and Carolyn Willis, a party activist with nearly 20 years of community service, seem the best choices.

Lastly, the Republican field in 14B offers incumbents Robert H. Kittleman and Robert L. Flanagan. Both men warrant voters' continued support. Challenger John B. Clark, who supports amendments to protect the flag from desecration and making English the nation's official language, leans way far to the right of the other candidates.

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