Hampstead candidates say growth is main concern

March 29, 1995|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Managing North Carroll's rapid growth is a primary concern for the first three residents to announce their candidacy in Hampstead's town election.

The three said they have no desire to cut off the progress that is likely to make Hampstead one of Carroll's fastest growing areas.

"I know we can't shut the door and lock it behind us," said Christopher M. Nevin, who will run for mayor May 9. "But we can do a better job of controlling the growth. Hampstead needs to examine how much more growth we can sustain with the infrastructure that is in place."

In fact, Elizabeth Hall, who is running for one of two open council seats, said she has taken that philosophy as her campaign slogan.

"We need to progress without sacrificing the things that we have that make Hampstead where we want to live," said Ms. Hall, a Spring Garden Elementary media specialist. "Progress without sacrificing a way of life."

Haven Shoemaker, a Westminster general practice attorney, has also filed to run for the Town Council. He is currently a member of the town ethics commission.

"I'm concerned about school overcrowding and water quality and quantity," Mr. Shoemaker said, echoing comments from the other two. "I'm not anti-development, I'm pro-planned growth."

Mr. Shoemaker, 30, said he and his wife, Patricia, moved to Roberts Field with their 5-year-old son, Haven III, about a year ago.

"I came here lock, stock and barrel," said Mr. Shoemaker, a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a 1992 graduate of the Widener University School of Law. "I came here to stay."

In contrast, Ms. Hall's family has been in the Hampstead area for several generations, she said. She and her husband, Kenneth, live with their 13-year-old daughter, Katherine, in North Carroll Farms.

Recently nominated for teacher of the year, Ms. Hall, 41, received her bachelor's degree in 1976 from Shippensburg, Pa., State College and her master's degree from Western Maryland College in 1984.

"I've sat around saying this should be done and that should be done," she said. "Now, I'm going to go out and try to do it."

Mr. Nevin, 36, is vice president of commercial real estate for Provident Bank. He graduated from Westminster High School in 1976 and is a 1980 graduate of Loyola College.

He and his wife, Joyce, live in North Carroll Farms with their children, Colleen, 7; Kelly, 6; Laura, 4; and Sean, 4 months.

"As a father, I want my kids to be raised in a Carroll County as nice as the one I grew up in," said Mr. Nevin, who is on the town planning and zoning commission.

The incumbents for the open seats in Hampstead -- Councilman Arthur H. Moler and Mayor C. Clinton Becker -- said yesterday that they are not ready to announce whether they will seek re-election.

The second council seat became vacant last fall when Gary Bauer was elected to the county school board. State law prohibits Mr. Bauer, whose term would have ended in May, from serving in both positions.

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