Delegate challengers promise change CAMPAIGN 1994

September 02, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Ten challengers for three District 5 delegate seats told voters last night they would bring change to Annapolis. The only incumbent in the race -- Democratic Del. Richard N. Dixon -- said he offers experience and a proven record.

The challengers were direct in their criticisms.

"Our state government is failing us," said Republican Jerry L. Toadvine of Westminster, a small-business owner.

Republican Thomas J. Cassella of Westminster, a Baltimore police officer, declared, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Republican Joseph M. Getty of Manchester, a law school student and former executive director of the Historical Society of Carroll County, urged residents to vote for a GOP slate "to end the abuse of one-party rule with its tax-and-spend mentality."

The candidates spoke at a forum at Carroll Community College in Westminster, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Carroll County.

About 75 people attended.

Four Democrats and eight Republicans are vying in the Sept. 13 primary to run for the three seats.

Only Republican Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg, a retired federal government engineer, did not attend the forum.

The race drew a large field of candidates in part because Carroll County will gain a third delegate seat this year as a result of redistricting.

District 5 no longer will include part of Baltimore County and will not be divided into subdistricts 5A and 5B.

Also, Richard C. Matthews, a Hampstead Republican who held one of the seats for 27 years, retired.

Mr. Dixon of Westminster who was elected in 1983 said Carroll County needs an experienced representative and one who knows how to work with other legislators.

"I'm pro-business. I'm anti-crime. I'm a fiscal conservative," he said.

Mr. Toadvine said government has strayed from "common sense answers."

"No social program is as good as a functional family and a job," he said.

Mr. Cassella said he would work for lower taxes and not be tied to any special-interest groups.

"If you want a delegate who's going to go down to Annapolis and rattle the cage a bit, I'm the one for you," he said.

Democrat Ellen L. Willis of Westminster, who is director of business and industry training at Carroll Community College, said she is emphasizing four areas in her campaign -- economic development, education, public safety and efficient government.

Democrat Philip R. Deitchman, a small-business owner from Eldersburg, said he would vote for term limits for office-holders, more money for school construction and incentives to bring business to Carroll.

Democrat Eric R. Hirtle of Westminster, who is a follower of political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. and works as a field inspector for a geotechnical engineering company, also said he would focus on economic issues.

Republican Stephen R. Chapin Sr., a Westminster city councilman who owns and manages property in the city, said he wants to reduce state spending.

Republican Francis X. Walsh, a Westminster attorney, said he would focus on crime, reducing the budget deficit and improving the business climate.

The other Republican candidates are W. David Blair of Manchester, an engineer with Bell Atlantic Network Services, and Nancy R. Stocksdale of Westminster, a retired public school teacher who is on leave as an aide to U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Republican who represents Maryland's 6th District.

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