Newcomer faces 8-year incumbent CAMPAIGHN 1994

October 31, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

Roy S. Pfeiffer wants to: remove everyone with a law degree from Maryland's court system, replacing lawyers and judges with "part-time retirees;" execute convicted murderers in public; bring back small town high schools.

Donald B. Elliott wants to: continue trying to pry open social services records for targets of abuse investigations; raise milk prices to revitalize Maryland's dairy industry; form a conservative coalition to cut the state budget.

Mr. Pfeiffer, 40, an unlicensed Frederick County home improvement contractor, is the Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in District 4B -- western Carroll County and eastern Frederick County. Mr. Elliott, 62, a Republican who has held the seat for eight years, is a Union Bridge pharmacist.

Mr. Pfeiffer stopped working last summer to campaign full time. He said he tells customers he will get a Maryland Home Improvement Commission contractor's license if the customer pays the $500 state licensing fee. No one has taken him up on the offer.

Frederick County government denies building permits to unlicensed contractors, said Bonnie Musselman, head technician. She said a property owner can obtain a permit and hire an unlicensed contractor, but the owner is then responsible for meeting building code requirements.

"A lot of the people I work for don't have a building permit for a variety of reasons and don't want one," Mr. Pfeiffer said.

Mr. Pfeiffer has been obliged to correct publicly his misrepresentations of Mr. Elliott's positions on abortion rights and medical insurance.

Mr. Pfeiffer said he incorrectly portrayed Mr. Elliott as pro-choice because he misread a voters guide questionnaire on health insurance.

Mr. Elliott wrote that he would support health insurance that provided limited funding for abortions. He said last week that he favors insurance coverage for abortions only when the mother's life is endangered.

"I even have a problem with [insurance payments for abortions in] rape or incest because I think it should be negotiated whether the perpetrator should be required to pay," Mr. Elliott said.

Mr. Pfeiffer said he favors abortion rights within 90 days after conception. He plans to introduce a bill creating a state tax return checkoff that would allow voters to deny use of their taxes for abortions.

The misrepresentation on health insurance occurred when Mr. Pfeiffer misquoted a flier Mr. Elliott mailed to voters.

The delegate's flier reported his support for House Bill 1359, which was designed to make it easier for small businesses to get health insurance for employees. The bill "represents a significant step forward in trying to provide access to health care insurance for all . . . and helps prepare Maryland for reform efforts at the federal level," the flier said.

Mr. Pfeiffer quoted the flier as saying that Mr. Elliott supported a bill that "represents a significant step forward in . . . access to health care for all . . . at the federal level."

Mr. Elliott said he is concerned because Mr. Pfeiffer has carpeted the district with pamphlets containing the incorrect information. "As long as it's accurate, that's OK with me. It's just passing out inaccurate information that bothers me," Mr. Elliott said.

Mr. Pfeiffer said barring holders of law degrees from the courts and replacing them with senior citizens would allow the latter to contribute to society and might bring physicians to Maryland by easing "their fears of costly litigation."

Public executions of murderers would deter violent crime, he said. "It would give all people in society a very vivid picture of the wrath society inflicts on those who kill our fellow citizens."

Mr. Elliott said a milk commission or other steps to raise milk prices would help reverse a decline in Maryland's dairy industry.

He also plans to try to form a coalition to make "Ellen's cuts" even if GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey loses the election. Ms. Sauerbrey has pledged 6 percent annual tax cuts for four years.

Both candidates oppose gun control and both received "excellent" ratings from the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association.

Mr. Elliott voted with the minority of delegates who opposed a bill this year that banned the sale or transfer of 18 types of semiautomatic assault pistols.

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