33rd House races focus on role of government CAMPAIGN 1994

October 18, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

The departure of two Republican delegates from District 33 has set the stage for a race pitting three Republicans who say they're in step with their conservative constituents against three Democrats with name recognition.

Del. John G. Gary Jr. is running for Anne Arundel County executive, and five-term Del. Elizabeth Smith-Anderson is retiring.

The Republican candidates -- former teacher Janet Greenip, building contractor Robert C. Baldwin, and David W. Almy, a former aide to County Executive Robert R. Neall -- support gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey's proposal to cut state income taxes by 24 percent over four years. They believe cutting government waste could produce the savings.

The Democratic candidates -- two-term incumbent Del. Marsha G. Perry, County Councilman David G. Boschert, who is prevented by term limits from running again, and Mike Canning, a Crofton Civic Association board member -- promise constituent and community service if elected.

Mrs. Perry, 57, a power skater and part-time coach of the Washington Capitals, was top vote getter in the primary and is widely expected to win a third term.

Mrs. Perry has fought for stronger landfill regulations and has championed children's health issues and victims' rights.

The role of a legislator, she said, is not only to pass laws, but also to ensure the old ones are enforced. By remaining in the House of Delegates, she said, "I can stay on the Department of the Environment and be a thorn in their side."

Janet Greenip, 47, the top vote-getting Republican in the primary, said Mrs. Perry hasn't devoted enough attention to business. Mrs. Greenip said she is the conservative voice to replace the two outgoing Republicans.

"If there is a way to solve a problem without restricting people, that's the way I want to go," she said.

She said the top issue for voters is education, and her experience as a teacher and school volunteer gives her insight to address education issues. She said she will fight unfunded mandates from the state and federal government, such as laws requiring children with special needs to be "mainstreamed" in regular classrooms, which cost too much and takes away from teaching the basics.

Mrs. Greenip, the founder of the Greater Crofton Republican Women and former president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, said more money should be spent on schools and prisons, and less should go to pay the governor's staff and state departments and commissions.

Welfare reform would save money, said Mrs. Greenip, who is intrigued by the idea of paying private employment agencies to find jobs for welfare recipients.

David Almy, who placed second among Republicans in the primary, describes the district as "very pro-business" and said he would like to become a leader on environmental issues, while also protecting jobs.

Mr. Almy, 35, is director of communications for a Washington business aircraft trade association.

He said he would work to upgrade Patapsco River sewage treatment plants and fight for a state program to plant marsh grasses to help revitalize the Chesapeake Bay. But he warned that most of the easy answers have been tried, and if elected he would file a few well-crafted bills, instead of a flurry of second-rate legislation.

Republican Robert C. Baldwin says what distinguishes him as a candidate is his experience.

"I've worked in business. I've helped the county grow," said the 60-year-old contractor, whose Millersville firm built the developments Baldwin Hills, Berrywood and Parke West.

He also cited his work with a contractors' association to set up an apprenticeship program, his efforts to help plan a county vo-tech curriculum and his work with Cub Scouts.

Mr. Baldwin favors a school board appointed by the county executive instead of the governor, and wants more members of the business community recruited to serve.

Mr. Baldwin, whose firm helped build the Millersville landfill, said the amount of recyclable material being dumped there "will break your heart." As a delegate, he would introduce a bill mandating that 50 percent to 55 percent of the county's solid wastes be recycled by 1998 or 1999.

As of early 1993, Anne Arundel County was recycling 23 percent of its solid waste.

Democrat David G. Boschert said what distinguishes him is his knowledge of county government and local concerns, developed during 10 years on the county council.

Mr. Boschert has been widely criticized for his 1989 council vote in favor of changes in a pension program for elected and appointed officials, which some observers said contributed to a program deficit of as much as $14 million. But he said the unanimous council vote was made upon the advice of professional advisers.

He said his council stint was marked by money he obtained for projects in his council district, such as construction of the O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton, renovation of the South Shore School in Crownsville and the purchase of land for Crofton parks.

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