Endorsements in Council District 4

August 24, 1994

If any Anne Arundel County Council district needs strong leadership these next four years, it is the 4th. West County finds itself the center of controversy over some of Anne Arundel's most important issues: growing pains caused by rapid development; the future of the Millersville landfill; a proposal to build a regional incinerator near the National Security Agency, and the impact of the proposed Redskins stadium in Laurel.

Incumbent Democrat David G. Boschert, barred by the new charter amendment from seeking a third term, is running for the House of Delegates. Republican civic leader Bert L. Rice, who is unopposed in the Sept. 13 primary, and four Democrats are competing to take his place. The Democrats are Severn auto salesman Keith Green, who says he is too busy to campaign; Severn community leader Robert H. McMurtrie, a nice man who lacks the background and experience to handle complex county issues; Bill D. Burlison, a former U.S. Congressman and state's attorney from Missouri, and Odenton civic and business activist Norman G. Myers.

Mr. Burlison has elective experience, but Mr. Myers stands above him and the rest of this field with his grasp of local issues and a proven ability to lead tough battles. He has been active in the community for years, most notably as president of the West County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Odenton Improvement Association. As GOIA's leader, he went up against no less than Gov. William Donald Schaefer when Mr. Schaefer wanted to move the state prison boot camp to Fort Meade. We felt the post was a logical location for a boot camp, but that is beside the point; Mr. Myers showed tenacity while representing his community, which strongly objected.

While committed to his district, Mr. Myers seems capable of taking a broader view as well. He sees that a stadium would bring benefits as well as problems. He understands growth is inevitable, but must be controlled. He recognizes that the allocation of funds under the property tax cap is Anne Arundel's most pressing issue. Mr. Myers is one of the strongest candidates running in any council district. Democratic voters can choose him with confidence.

Tomorrow: Picks in Council Districts 5 and 6.

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