Chaney in County Council District 7

October 21, 1994

With school spending accounting for nearly 60 percent of Anne Arundel County's budget and education rivaled only by crime as the top concern among voters, the County Council needs a representative with a special interest in education matters. That is especially true now that Councilwoman Maureen Lamb of Annapolis, a former school board member, has retired. The Seventh District is fortunate to be faced with a choice of two strong candidates, Republican John J. Klocko III and Democrat Dorothy D. Chaney. We recommend Mrs. Chaney on the basis of her nine years on the county school board.

Mrs. Chaney has not been the most vocal of board members. But she seems genuinely concerned about students, she understands the budget process and knows the issues facing the school system. Council-school board relations have been tense in recent years, partly because no one has filled the role of mediator between the two bodies. Mrs. Chaney would be a logical candidate to do so.

Mr. Klocko, a Crofton attorney with experience in county government as chairman of the Eastern Bypass Task Force and the Amusement Licensing Commission, points to public dissatisfaction with the school system as a means to discredit Mrs. Chaney's experience. True, the board has been through embarrassing times recently and has made questionable decisions. But its problems cannot be blamed exclusively on her.

Education is not the only issue in this race. Land use, the environment, rubble landfill regulation and agricultural preservation are major concerns in South County. Mrs. Chaney has issued detailed position papers that show she has given these matters serious thought. Her proposals are simple and specific: an environmental hotline; a review of zoning laws affecting the district; fewer waivers of the adequate facilities law; legislation to allow impact fee money to be used for improvements to existing facilities instead of just new capital projects; cooperation between local, state and federal authorities better control noise, truck traffic and health risks related to rubble landfills and sand and gravel mines. Mrs. Chaney would be a diligent advocate for the district.

0$ Monday: County state's attorney.

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