Endorsements in Council Districts 5,6

August 25, 1994

Only five candidates have filed to run in Anne Arundel County Council Districts 5 and 6. That's a mere five candidates in both districts, not five in each.

We can understand the lack of choice in the 5th District, which covers the Broadneck Peninsula and Severna Park. Republican Councilwoman Diane R. Evans is widely viewed as the toughest to beat of all the council incumbents. Her conservative fiscal philosophies reflect the views of her district, and, as her colleagues know, she can be an icy, unrelenting opponent. Her only competition will come in the November election, where she faces Democrat David DeAngelis, chief deputy sheriff for

Baltimore City. Like Mrs. Evans, he has no primary opposition.

Why so few candidates are running in the 6th District, which includes Annapolis, is harder to fathom. Incumbent Democrat Maureen Lamb, who has held the seat for 12 years, is leaving because term limits prevent her from running again. Considering the open seat and the fact that the state capital and county seat is a hub of political activity (especially among Democrats) one would have expected a flood of candidates. Instead, longtime Democratic activist Melinda Hamilton enjoys a free ride in the primary. The Republican field is almost as slim, with but two candidates competing.

Both William C. Mulford II, an assistant state's attorney who prosecuted the Ron Price sex abuse case, and Kenneth R. Sosnoski Jr., a law student, are political newcomers, but Mr. Mulford easily wins our endorsement. Mr. Sosnoski does have two years on the Danbury, Conn., school board to his credit, but he only recently moved to Annapolis and lacks Mr. Mulford's knowledge of local issues. He says he entered the race only to give the Democrats some opposition.

Mr. Mulford, meanwhile, has been considering a run for the council for a year and a half. He has a clear philosophy of local government's purpose: to maintain essential services within the limits of the property tax cap. He has specific ideas on regional waste disposal, more efficient use of school funds and correctional needs. He is the kind of bright, energetic person we like to see getting into politics.

Tomorrow: Council District 7 endorsements.

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