Cornick, Kendrick for School Board

September 02, 1994

In Howard County, with its top-notch school system and high level of parent involvement, the race for school board assumes added visibility. Five candidates are vying for two vacancies. Voters will be able to vote for two candidates in the Sept. 13 primary. The four top vote getters advance to the general election.

Delroy L. Cornick, a retired Morgan State University professor, receives our endorsement in the primary. Mr. Cornick, who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 1992, has a background in business management that could prove valuable given the loss of board Chairman Dana Hanna, who has opted not to seek re-election. Mr. Cornick, an African-American, would also bring a valuable perspective to a board that has no minorities currently serving.

Our other endorsement goes to Jamie M. Kendrick, a 19-year-old former student member of the board. Despite his age, Mr. Kendrick is perhaps the most knowledgeable of all the candidates. In fact, because of his age, we believe Mr. Kendrick will bring a fresh perspective to the proceedings.

Stephen C. Bounds is also a strong candidate. While he does not get our endorsement, he is a very viable choice. The 39-year-old attorney espouses a common-sense, back-to-basics approach.

Former board member Karen B. Campbell has decided to try again two years after leaving the board. She failed to distinguish herself during her first tenure. We see no reason to endorse her for a second try. Also, the fact that Ms. Campbell received a donation from Superintendent Michael E. Hickey is alarming in what it suggests about her independence.

Candidate Robert F. Minehart Jr., a staffer at the National Security Agency, is a virtual unknown.

AN EARLIER ENDORSEMENT for the House of Delegates that ran in our Baltimore County edition also has relevance for Howard County voters. The bi-county 12A district will have two delegates. In the primary, we back Democrats Kenneth H. Masters of Catonsville, an incumbent and the House majority leader, and Arbutus firefighter James E. Malone Jr.; also, Catonsville Republicans Dennis Lanahan, an electrical engineer, and MCI manager Donald Drehoff in the GOP primary.

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