A look at the 10 running for county commission CAMPAIGN 1994

September 11, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Candidates for Carroll County commissioner have posted their signs, distributed their fliers and knocked on doors. They now have two days left to persuade the voters.

Ten candidates -- five Democrats and five Republicans -- are competing. They live in different parts of the county, have had varied success in politics and hold contrasting views on some issues. One is a woman.

They are vying for three commissioner seats. Three candidates from each party will advance from Tuesday's primary to the Nov. 8 general election. Voters may cast ballots for three in the primary. The races have been relatively quiet. Some challengers have attacked the two incumbents, but most have promoted their own qualifications and views.

What follows are short descriptions of the candidates' backgrounds and a summary of their views on the major issues -- growth management, road improvements, trash disposal and police protection.

The Democrats:

* David A. Grand, 62, of Westminster is a retired federal government investigator who worked in the Defense and Treasury departments. This is his first run for public office. He is -- a former volunteer in the county auditing and budget departments.

He says the incumbents should not be re-elected because they did not thoroughly follow up on a state police investigation into the theft of recyclable metals from county landfills. His campaign advertisements show him sitting in a hot tub with his two dogs looking on.

* Elmer C. Lippy, 74, of Manchester is seeking a second term. He is a former Manchester mayor and retired chemist.

He says he should be re-elected because he has worked full time as a commissioner and helped handle the recent recession without laying off any county employees. His pamphlets say "Give old Dad this one last chance for a last hurrah."

* Rebecca A. Orenstein, 52, of Westminster, the first woman elected to the City Council, is in her first term. She owns a photography business and works with developmentally disabled people at the ARC of Carroll County.

She says it is important that commissioners not become full-time politicians so they don't lose touch with taxpayers' concerns. She says she wants to streamline government and work to recruit more businesses so fewer residents need to commute elsewhere to work.

* Cornelius M. "Neil" Ridgely, 44, of Finksburg is a five-year county employee making his first run for office. He is the landscape and forest conservation manager. He switched parties in May because he disagreed with local Republicans' views on the environment.

He says he is running to unseat Commissioner Donald I. Dell. He opposes the incumbent's idea to extend Interstate 795 and build an incinerator to burn garbage. He says developers have had too much influence with the current board of commissioners.

* Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, 67, lives south of Westminster and is a former two-term Carroll sheriff who lost a bid for a third term in 1990. He is a retired state police trooper who now works as a courthouse bailiff.

He says he has the management experience and common sense to help run the county efficiently and said he would work full-time if elected.

The Republicans:

* W. Benjamin Brown, 50, has been Westminster mayor since 1989 and is a former state employee and former small business owner.

He has been a frequent critic of the current board of commissioners. He says they have unnecessarily postponed making a decision about how the county should dispose of its trash in the future and says it should borrow more money to build schools.

* Donald I. Dell, 69, of Westminster owns a dairy and grain farm and is seeking a second term. He also ran in 1982 and 1986 and lost.

He is president of the board of commissioners and does not hesitate to voice his opinion on issues. He is adamant that the county bureaucracy not increase and believes government should concentrate on traditional services such as roads, schools and emergency services.

* David T. Duree, 53, of New Windsor is a business and marketing consultant, former general sales manager at WTTR Radio and former car salesman. He ran for a state delegate seat from an Annapolis district in 1972 and lost.

He stresses his experience on appointed county boards -- the planning and economic development commissions -- and says he is skilled at reaching consensus.

* Charles L. Stull, 60, of Deep Run is manager of the state Division of Parole and Probation office in Westminster. This is his first run for office.

He says he wants to reduce the number of administrators in the public school system and expand the county drug task force.

* Richard T. Yates, 69, of Eldersburg, is a retired federal employee. He ran in 1990 and finished fourth in the general election.

He has been walking door to door, talking to voters for several months and says he is aware of what voters want the commissioners to do. Many of his signs are decorated with smiley faces.

The issues:

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