School board financial support split on ideology CARROLL COUNTY ELECTION NEWS CAMPAIGN 1994

November 02, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

Conservatives are putting their money behind Laura E. Albers and Gary W. Bauer for the school board.

Moderates and liberals are putting theirs behind Carole M. "Cyd" Pecoraro and incumbent Carolyn L. Scott.

Two of the four will be elected Nov. 8.

They have spent little since the primary, when they defeated five other candidates, some of whom spent less than $300 to campaign.

Ms. Scott has spent the least of the current four candidates, both before and after the primary, in which she made the strongest showing of any candidate.

She said she even recycled several of her signs from her first campaign six years ago (school board terms are now four years, since state legislation two years ago).

She raised $833.07 in cash and in-kind contributions and had spent $645.88 by Friday, when campaign finance statements were due.

The other three candidates have all surpassed $1,000, with Ms. Pecoraro raising the most at $3,733.34. She had spent $3,628.70 by Friday, and her list of contributors includes several high-visibility elected officials, political activists and school board member C. Scott Stone.

Ms. Albers has raised $2,296.23 and spent $2,235.34. More than half of it was in in-kind contributions, mostly printing from Sir Speedy in Owings Mills.

Her cash contributions have been small sums from parents who share her concerns that schools need to put more emphasis on academics and less on social issues.

"I would say that's probably been the whole thrust of my campaign -- grass roots," Ms. Albers said. "I was asked by about 100-plus parents to run. It certainly wasn't something I looked to do."

Mr. Bauer has raised $1,871.74 and spent $1,454.25, with some support from municipal government figures he knows as a longtime councilman for Hampstead.

For example, he has a $20 contribution from New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.

Of the cash Ms. Scott has raised, $450 came from the Maryland State Teachers Association Political Action Committee, which gave the same amount to Ms. Pecoraro's campaign.

Ms. Scott and Ms. Pecoraro were chosen for endorsement last summer by the Carroll County Education Association, which is affiliated with the state union.

Ms. Scott also received a donation from Carolyn and Donald McKenzie of Manchester.

Mrs. McKenzie is president of the Carroll County Council of PTAs and is a familiar face at school board meetings.

And while there is no financial donation listed, a caller to the home of former school board member Cheryl McFalls can listen to an answering machine message of the McFalls family endorsements, which includes Ms. Scott.

In contrast, Ms. Albers and Mr. Bauer have financial support from two of the county's most conservative education activists: William M. Bowen, who donated $100 to each of them, and Jerry Brunst, who donated $200 to each.

Like Ms. Albers and Mr. Bauer, Mr. Bowen has been among the most vocal opponents of outcomes-based education. Mr. Brunst paid for newspaper ads last summer criticizing the school board's contract with retired superintendent R. Edward Shilling.

Ms. Albers and Mr. Bauer also each got $50 from Evelyn E. Butler, who ran unsuccessfully in the primary on a platform of rolling back administrator salaries and spending money only on hiring more teachers and upgrading technology.

Ms. Pecoraro has the longest list of contributors, with the largest donation by an individual being $250 from developer Martin K. P. Hill.

Others include some prominent Democrats: County Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, Westminster Councilman Damian Halstad, former Sykesville Mayor Lloyd C. Helt, delegate candidate Ellen L. Willis, state's attorney candidate Linda Holmes and Democratic leaders Philip S. Benzil, Corynne Courpas and Scott Markle.

Although originally a Republican, Ms. Pecoraro switched to the Democratic Party several years ago "so I could vote for my husband," L. Gregory Pecoraro, chairman of the county Democratic Central Committee.

Her husband's family has been active in local Democratic politics, but Ms. Pecoraro said she also has received support from Republicans.

Ms. Pecoraro also received money from such diverse donors as Dr. Janet Neslen, Carroll County's health officer; Western Maryland College Vice President Richard Seaman; environmental activist Linda Cunfer of New Windsor; Carroll Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill; and Westminster obstetricians Melvin Yeshnik and Michael Barnett.

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