Decker, Glassman for Harford Council

October 20, 1994

Greater Bel Air dominates District C, the smallest geographic unit represented on the Harford County Council. Four years ago, the seat was won by Democrat Theresa Pierno, now running for council president, on a strong environmental protection, growth-control platform. This time the two contenders are advocating balanced growth and a moderate approach to government regulation.

Mark S. Decker, a Republican and retail merchant, has been an effective member of the Bel Air council for five years, dealing with development, tax and budget issues. He is conservative and pro-business, but is acutely aware of the problems of unfettered growth.

John F. Haggerty, a retired athletic director at Harford Community College, recreation complex director and a tireless community volunteer, is a Democrat who promises to reconcile warring council factions. He presents interesting ideas on developing the arts and recreation, but is vague on approaches to other key issues.

Mr. Decker, who served as town liaison to the County Council, gets our endorsement in District C.

District D, conversely, is the largest council district, spreading across the northern half of Harford County. Republican Barry Glassman rode the anti-incumbent whirlwind to victory last time, defeating Robert Hooper. It's a rematch this year, with Democrat Hooper as challenger.

Mr. Glassman, a claims adjuster for BGE, has focused on tighter regulation of dumps and controlling growth. The Republican also worked on recycling, reforestation and farmland preservation programs; the county landfill and most of the county's farms are in this district.

He has mostly supported legislation, rather than originating it. But his honest analysis would be useful in reviewing the master land use plan next term.

Mr. Hooper demonstrated a good grasp of budget and finance in his previous term, drawn from experience in managing a multi-million-dollar trash hauling firm. But he seems more interested in running his business than in running for office. He filed near the deadline only when it appeared no other Democrat would enter the race.

District D would best be served by returning Mr. Glassman to the council.

Tomorrow: Harford Council Districts E and F.

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