Heselton, Eaton for Harford Council

October 19, 1994

The election for Harford County Council in 1990 saw an anti-incumbent tide that swept away veteran politicians in favor of fresh faces and views. Key to that grass-roots movement was the mobilization of environmental activists and advocates of controlled growth. Republicans captured a solid majority on the council, ending two decades of Democratic domination.

No one typified that change better than Susan B. Heselton, who defeated Harford's first county executive for the District A council seat. She spent little money on her campaign, but worked hard to enlist community group support. Her years of silently attending council meetings as an observer paid off in identifying key issues that resonated with voters.

Mrs. Heselton has demonstrated commitment to the job through faithful attendance at official meetings, serving as council liaison to various community organizations and carefully listening to constituent concerns. She has not, however, been aggressive in originating legislation or in advancing council debate. And we wish she were as frugal in collecting personal expense reimbursements from the council treasury as she has been in spending her own money on campaigning.

Still, we favor her re-election over the tax-repeal, anti-borrowing, pro-development views of Democratic nominee Habern Dean Freeman, a state employee and son of the state senator from Harford. He is earnest in his views, but they do not reflect a fiscal or political reality that will best serve the county's needs.

In District B, neither contender has held elected office, although both have been active in the community. They seek the seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Joanne Parrott, who's running for council president.

Democrat Joyce Eaton is child care coordinator for Harford, and has been involved with family, women and school groups.

Republican Veronica L. Chenowith has a family custom home building firm and is a former Realtor. She's been most active in recreation and school issues, and serves on the Harford County nominating commission for district and circuit court judges.

We recommend Mrs. Eaton, whose husband is president of the school board, for her insightful analysis of issues facing the council.

0 Tomorrow: Harford Council Districts C and D.

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