DeGrange for Council District 2

October 14, 1994

Democrat James "Ed" DeGrange Sr. enjoys several advantages that make him the favorite to win the 2nd District seat on the Anne Arundel County Council. One is name recognition; the DeGrange family has been in Glen Burnie forever and their lumber and hardware business makes them well-known. Another is his place on state Sen. Michael J. Wagner's ticket.

What makes Mr. DeGrange qualified to be a councilman, however, is his commitment to the community, his management and business experience and reputation for integrity.

Mr. DeGrange is the kind of candidate who does citizens a service by moving from civic activism to public life; voters should choose him to replace C. Edward Middlebrooks, who is challenging Mr. Wagner in the District 32 Senate race.

Mr. DeGrange's opponent, Arthur C. Emge, is vice president and general manager of Cox Creek Refining Co. He has some civic experience, mainly with the Harundale-Oakwood Park Civic Association and PTAs during the 1970s and 1980s.

But Mr. DeGrange's history of leadership and knowledge of the district make him the stronger candidate by far. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie, has been a leader of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, served as Glen Burnie Carnival booth chairman for 10 years, is a commissioner of the Maryland State Lottery and sits on the executive board of Take Back Our Streets, a group that supports police working with young people in troubled neighborhoods. The list goes on. Knowing how Mr. DeGrange has toiled as a civic leader, voters can feel confident he will be responsive to the basic constituent needs that account for so much of a councilman's job.

Glen Burnie businesses can expect Mr. DeGrange to make revitalization of the forlorn "Superblock" a top priority. Residents throughout the district and county can expect him to act responsibly on other council matters, from appointment of appeals board members to weighty issues such as solid waste disposal. We disagree with him on one major issue; he does not believe the county needs a new correctional facility. Nonetheless, we think he will make a strong, industrious councilman.

2& Monday: County Council District 3.

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