Endorsements for Harford council

August 23, 1994

Three of the six Harford County Council districts have primary contests, two of those races without an incumbent. Council members are elected by countywide vote, even though candidates must live in the district they seek to represent.

In District A embracing Joppatowne and Edgewood, Republican Susan Heselton rode the anti-incumbent tide to victory in 1990, after a decade of silently observing council meetings. Assiduous in attending meetings and constituent service, she has disappointed with a lack of ideas and informed discussion. We prefer James D. Haney, a corporate manager with political experience who shows an active approach to government.

On the Democratic side, we favor Thomas J. Eser, a fireman and Harford volunteer fire company officer, over Habern Dean Freeman, son of the state senator and a state employee.

District B, represented by Republican Joanne Parrott for eight years, has six contenders for the GOP nomination since she opted to run for council president. In this Fallston-Abingdon district our endorsement goes to Bruce Wells, an activist in land-use and environmental issues.

Democrat Joyce Eaton wins our endorsement for a thoughtful grasp of community issues and an involvement in family and school organizations, while noting that her husband is president of the county school board, a potential conflict which may concern some voters. Businessman Charles Brockmeyer Sr., long a critic of government regulation, is her opponent.

District C includes the Bel Air area; incumbent Theresa Pierno is running for council president. The two Democrats are H. Edward Andrews, the County Council's attorney, and John Haggerty, retired athletic director of Harford Community College. While Mr. Haggerty offers a comprehensive overview of government, we lean toward Mr. Andrews for his unique experience and knowledge.

On the Republican ballot, we endorse Mark Decker, a two-term Bel Air commissioner who has fostered business development in the town. Accountant Christopher O'Shea favors cutting taxes and reducing government regulation.

There is no primary in either party for Council Districts D, E and F.

Tomorrow: Harford County executive race

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