Endorsements in District 10

August 19, 1994

Baltimore County has never sent an African-American legislator to the General Assembly. This fact is certain to change in November when state senators and delegates are elected in the new 10th Legislative District.

Created to give the county a black-majority district, the 10th has a voting population that is 65 percent African-American. Eighty percent of the district's voters live in the county, the rest in a portion of Baltimore's west side. Because the 10th is one of several new districts bridging county and city, and because it will make history this fall, the local legislative races have drawn much attention.

The competition for the three House of Delegates seats features a field of 12 Democratic candidates and three Republicans. The GOP contenders -- Clifton McDonald, Alicia Walker and Clifford Andrews -- are running unopposed in the primary to be settled Sept. 13. Of the Democrats, our choices are former state employee and civic activist Joan N. Parker of Woodlawn, nurse and city central committee member Shirley Nathan-Pulliam of Baltimore and Randallstown resident Joseph Perry, who has been involved in such local organizations as RENEW, Metro Crime Stoppers and BLEWS, the Black-Jewish Forum of Baltimore. It's our belief that these three candidates would form an able team in the spirit of reaching across the lines of jurisdiction, race, gender and creed.

In the Senate primary, Republican Jerome Goodman has no opposition. The Democrats are state employee and local political veteran Harold G. Gordon, city Del. Delores G. Kelley and Lyndon LaRouche supporter George Gribbroek.

The pick clearly comes down to Mr. Gordon and Ms. Kelley. Mr. Gordon has tried to paint Ms. Kelley as a carpetbagger after she recently moved from the city to Randallstown to vie for the seat. District 10 voters should be more concerned about determining which candidate would better tend to local and statewide matters in Annapolis.

From our perspective, that candidate would be Delores Kelley. She can match Mr. Gordon for civic involvement, with the bonus of having already served at the state capital. Also in her favor: Her familiarity with Baltimore legislators ought to bode well for joint efforts between the county and city.

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