Endorsements in Districts 12A, 47B

October 28, 1994

Legislative District 12 is among the more dichotomous creations of the state officials who a few years ago redrew Maryland's political boundaries. Roughly half of the new 12th is in conservative southwest Baltimore County; the rest lies in more liberal east Howard County.

Perhaps fittingly, the District 12 state Senate race features a clear choice between conservative Republican David P. Maier of Elkridge, a construction contractor, and liberal Democrat Edward Kasemeyer of Columbia, a lobbyist for the Montgomery County government.

Mr. Maier has run a campaign that he believes will play well in Baltimore County precincts. Our pick nonetheless is the more experienced Mr. Kasemeyer. We believe the former state

delegate and senator has distinguished himself in the current campaign by taking strong stands on behalf of comprehensive gun control measures, abortion rights, ethics in government and cooperation among jurisdictions in the Baltimore region.

From subdistrict 12A, which likewise includes parts of both Baltimore and Howard counties, two representatives will be elected to the House of Delegates. The nominees are Democrats James E. Malone Jr., an Arbutus firefighter, and incumbent Kenneth H. Masters of Catonsville; and two Republicans from Catonsville, business-park official Donald E. Murphy and MCI Communications manager Donald Drehoff. Our backing goes to Mr. Masters, who gives the area needed clout as the House majority leader, and Mr. Malone, who has demonstrated a level-headed approach to such important issues as welfare reform and improving the lot of neighboring Baltimore City.

Legislative subdistrict 47B covers a small area of west Baltimore County. The race for the single House seat is between incumbent Democrat Thomas E. Dewberry and Republican challenger Steven Cumby, a food services specialist from Catonsville Heights.

Mr. Cumby is too politically green and strident in his opposition to abortion, while Mr. Dewberry is already respected after one term in Annapolis for the earnestness and diligence he brings to his job. With the hope that he can become more of a delegation leader in the coming term, we strongly endorse Tom Dewberry for re-election.

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