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.
Our pick 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 Howard and Baltimore 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.
In District 12B, former Howard County executive Elizabeth Bobo is by far the better candidate for the delegate seat.
Ms. Bobo, who was on the Howard County Council for nine years before serving as county executive from 1986 to 1990, has a breadth of experience that would be an asset to the county and state. She has targeted at least three issues to pursue, if elected: bringing fiscal stability to the state; addressing juvenile crime with effective deterrents, and assuring that the county gets adequate funding for schools.
Her challenger, Republican Charlie Scott, is a 21-year-old college student. His views on most issues are predictably consistent with his party's, but lack significant evidence of independent thought. His experience is no match for Ms. Bobo's.
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