The vast, rural, politically conservative Third Councilmanic District of north Baltimore County is where the Republican Party thinks it has the best chance to pick up a seat on the County Council. The district, now represented by Democratic County Executive candidate C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, has the most registered Republicans among the seven council districts. Moreover, in contrast to the countywide 2 1/2 -to-1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans, the Democratic advantage in the Third is much slimmer.
Since 1974, only one Republican has served the district -- which says something about the starboard-leaning tendencies of the Third's Democratic councilmen as well as the willingness of voters to ignore party labels. Aspiring to become the second is T. Bryan McIntire, a Glyndon resident who practices law in
Carroll County. His opponent is Democrat I. William Chase of Owings Mills, an attorney in the Maryland public defender's office and a member of the county planning board since 1987.
While both men are qualified to sit on the council, we strongly support Mr. Chase, who has an impressive record of both professional and volunteer service at the community, county and state levels. His seven years on the planning board will prove invaluable preparation for council work, particularly on the land-use issues so crucial to the environmentally sensitive north county.
The Fourth District council seat is one the Republican Party should have no trouble holding onto. The incumbent, Towson attorney Douglas B. Riley, is being challenged by Democrat John J. Appel Jr., also a Towson-area lawyer.
No contest. Mr. Riley gets our enthusiastic nod for a second term. During his first four years on the council, he has demonstrated the maturity, leadership and cooperative spirit missing in most of his fellow freshman legislators. And though he has been guilty of the occasional spoken gaffe, his voice is generally among the most measured and rational during council sessions. Doug Riley also merits high marks for being the rare suburban politician who advocates regional cooperation, as in funding for city cultural institutions, solid waste disposal and the sharing of technologies among local governments in the metro area.
9- Tomorrow: Council Districts Five and Six.