Candidates voice conservative views

October 13, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

Candidates for the House of Delegates from Carroll County figuratively crowded stage right at a forum last night, describing themselves as conservative and offering conservative sound bites on issues ranging from abolition of parole to tax cuts.

Earlier, Sixth District Congressional candidates Republican Roscoe R. Bartlett and Democrat Paul Muldowney gave similar-sounding answers to many questions.

The candidates spoke at a Westminster forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

In the Fifth District, which covers most of Carroll County, Democrat Richard N. Dixon, who described himself as a man whose 12-year record "reflects the conservatism of this county," is the only incumbent running.

Democratic candidate Ellen L. Willis wouldn't commit herself to vote for a tax cut until she assesses the impact on services, but proposed that welfare recipients should be required to work to qualify for benefits.

Democrat Philip R. Deitchman said he is a "conservative Democrat" and pledged to leave office at the end of two terms.

The Republican candidates came out swinging against "the liberal Democratic leadership," which candidate W. David Blair said produced a legacy of high taxes. He favors stopping state mandates to local governments.

Republican Joseph M. Getty said he has heard the complaint that "Maryland is so controlled by Democrats, you're wasting your vote if you vote Republican." He said this year will be different.

Republican Nancy Stocksdale said she would vote for an income tax cut and abolition of parole for violent and repeat offenders.

In District 4B, western Carroll County, incumbent Republican Del. Donald B. Elliott described himself as a fiscal conservative.

His opponent, Roy Pfeiffer, said the district has no high schools because of Delegate Elliott's poor representation, and added, "We need high schools back in our part of the world where we had them."

Incumbent Congressman Bartlett opposed universal health care coverage. Mr. Muldowney said he favors requiring employers to offer health insurance to workers, but opposes universal coverage.

On welfare reform, Mr. Muldowney proposed capping grants to parents after two out-of-wedlock children. Mr. Bartlett said government should get out of providing welfare and leave it to the charity of churches, service groups and individuals.

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