Endorsements in District 12B

August 18, 1994

In the aftermath of Elizabeth Bobo's failure to win re-election as Howard County executive four years ago, a curious mythology developed.

Call it an aura of negativism: Ms. Bobo's narrow 1990 loss to Republican Charles I. Ecker was attributed to everything from her having offended the county's development community to complaints of imperiousness. Of course, let's not forget the pervasive mood against all incumbents in 1990, a situation we suspect has abated a bit at the local level.

Any revisionist history related to that 1990 loss should not obscure Ms. Bobo's obvious attributes, including the fact that she is one of the more intelligent politicians Howard County has produced. In her race for a seat representing District 12B in the House of Delegates, she is by far the best Democrat running and earns our endorsement.

The newly drawn District 12B, covering West Columbia and part of Ellicott City, is a natural for Ms. Bobo, who has lived in the area for 28 years. Her opponents, attorney Ethel B. Hill and nursing instructor Rosemary Mortimer, have impressive credentials, but they cannot match Ms. Bobo for the length and breadth of experience she brings to public office. After losing the county executive post, Ms. Bobo was appointed deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where she served until 1993. That experience could prove helpful as the state legislature grapples with welfare reform.

The winner in this primary will face the lone Republican candidate, Charlie Scott, who at 20 could be the youngest delegate in state history. Mr. Scott is running an aggressive campaign, but he would likely face a formidable foe in Ms. Bobo come November.

There is also a highly watchable Senate race in the new 12th district, which runs from liberal eastern Howard County into more conservative southwest Baltimore County. Incumbent Democrat Nancy L. Murphy of Arbutus will be strongly challenged by ex-legislator Edward J. Kasemeyer of Columbia. Because Mr. Kasemeyer would seem to tend better to the entire region's needs, we support him.

On the Republican side, the better Senate nominee is Elkridge construction contractor David P. Maier, whom we endorse.

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