Most candidates for Carroll County commissioner favor recycling instead of incineration, want Maryland State Police residential troopers to continue as the county's police force and say the state should improve Route 140 instead of building a bypass.
Nine of the 10 candidates for the three commissioner seats spoke last night at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Carroll County at Carroll Community College. About 100 people attended.
Incumbent Commissioner Donald I. Dell, a Republican, was out of state.
The two Democratic candidates for the District 5 Senate seat also spoke. Incumbent Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Republican, said he had to attend a Republican Party fund-raising meeting in Annapolis.
The candidates gave brief opening and closing statements and responded to questions written by League of Women Voters members.
All but one commissioner candidate said they favored recycling and composting as ways to dispose of county trash. Republican Charles Stull of Deep Run said a regional incinerator would be a good idea if it did not harm the environment.
The candidates also said they want a bypass built on Route 30 around Hampstead and Manchester. Only Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, a Republican, said he favored a bypass of Route 140 around Westminster.
Democrat Rebecca A. Orenstein, a Westminster City Council member, said she still hasn't made a decision on the issue. The other candidates said Route 140 should be widened or improved in other ways to handle more traffic.
Only Democrat Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh of Westminster, a former Carroll County sheriff, said he favored forming a county police force to replace the resident troopers.
Mr. Brown said the county needs more police officers, and he favors the most economical way to hire more officers, which could be a county police force.
Three candidates said the county impact fee, which is charged on new developments, should be increased. They were incumbent Democrat Elmer C. Lippy of Manchester, Mr. Sensabaugh and Mr. Brown.
Only Democrat David A. Grand of Westminster, a retired federal worker and former volunteer in the county budget office, said he would favor a change from the commissioner form of government to a charter form.
The other candidates are Democrat Neil Ridgely of Finksburg, the county's landscape and forest conservation manager; and Republicans David Duree, a New Windsor businessman and member of the county Planning and Zoning Commission and Economic Development Commission; and Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg, a retired federal employee who also ran in 1990.
In the Senate forum, Democrat Cynthia Huggins Cummings of Silver Run, who is president of the county teachers' union, said she would work to improve education and limit costly state mandates on local school districts.
She also said she would work to attract more business to the state and to reform the welfare system by requiring recipients to participate in job training.
Rachelle Feldman-Hurwitz of Uniontown, an activist and partner in a financial consulting firm,, said she would be tough on crime and would advocate that people convicted of violent crimes against senior citizens be denied parole.
She said she is not tied to any special-interest groups. She also would support limiting the amount of time a family could receive welfare benefits.
A forum for District 5 House of Delegates and Carroll Board of Education candidates is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Carroll Community College.