Clagett, Busch, Bissett in District 30

October 26, 1994

The District 30 House of Delegates contest features first-time office seekers and experienced politicians. Despite the anti-incumbency fervor that has become fashionable, voters should choose the experienced candidates in this race.

Democrat Michael E. Busch, a delegate since 1986, is a steady, increasingly effective lawmaker and the kind of fiscal pragmatist we like. Last year, Mr. Busch became chairman of the influential Economic Matters Committee and flourished in this leadership role. He is a moderate who promises to lend a voice of reasonableness to budget debates and welfare reform.

We also endorse Virginia P. Clagett, who for 20 years was Anne Arundel County Council's voice for environmental and agriculture protection.

Her knowledge of these issues will be especially valuable now that the state's leading environmental advocate, Annapolis Sen. Gerald Winegrad, is retiring. Also, her long experience in county government should promote state and local cooperation.

For the third seat, voters should choose Republican Phillip D. Bissett, a moderate who works well with both parties. A former warehouse worker currently employed as a small businessman, he touts himself as a representative of the average District 30 resident, a role he has fulfilled since his appointment in 1991. Mr. Bissett, a member of the Judiciary Committee, also made an impression in his first term with several crime bills.

The other candidates are Democrat John C. Eldridge and Republicans Joan Beck and Ralph "Rocky" Rosacker.

Mr. Eldridge has been a diligent party worker but lacks the real-life experiences that legislators should have. Mrs. Beck, a former aide to Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey, is intelligent and knows state government. But we differ with her on some major issues. We have similar ideological disagreements with Mr. Rosacker.

"Vote for change" is a popular cry among voters these days. But in District 30, voters will be best served if they stick with familiar names -- Busch, Clagett and Bissett.

3' Tomorrow: District 30-State Senate.

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