District 4 race is friendly match Route 3 bypass is only issue candidates don't agree on

April 23, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel edition of The Sun misstated the position of Brenda H. Reiber, a District 4 candidate for the Crofton Civic Association board of directors, on improvements to Route 3.

Mrs. Reiber said although she would have supported the idea for a bypass, a citizens group already has recommended turning the highway into a boulevard, which she advocates if access to local businesses is maintained.

The Sun regrets the error.

Not only do Ohlen M. Hunt, Robert Johnston, and Brenda H. Reiber like and respect each other, which is surprising enough, considering they are running for the same seat on the Crofton Civic Association Board this month, but they agree on most of the issues.


All three candidates for the District 4 seat are opposed to busing schoolchildren to relieve crowding in Crofton schools, and two of them favor a bypass to ease traffic problems on Route 3.

"Even if I don't win, I won't mind because I know District 4 will be in good hands with either of the other two," said Mr. Hunt, a 38-year-old former business owner. "I think District 4 is in a great position."

"I'm proud to be in District 4 where the three of us care about what's going on," said Mrs. Reiber, a 32-year-old homemaker.

The race for the District 4 seat on the community association board is the only one of nine in Crofton that is contested. The election is May 20. District 4 includes about 500 homes in the Willows of Crofton and Crofton Park communities.

The candidates will get a chance to appeal to voters at a "Candidates Night" at 8 p.m., Monday, May 13, at Crofton Elementary School.

The issue on which the District 4 candidates differ is Route 3.

In January, a task force of representatives from Crofton, Bowie and other affected areas and state transportation officials that studied traffic problems on the congested thoroughfare issued several recommendations.

They included turning the road into a limited-access highway, building a western bypass or widening the road into a landscaped, seven- or eight-lane boulevard.

Mr. Johnston said he supports building a bypass because widening the road would isolate District 4 residents, who live on the eastern side of Route 3, from a proposed community center in the Waugh Chapel community, which is on the west side.

"It would be much more remote from this side of Crofton residents," said Mr. Johnston, a 46-year-old real estate agent who has lived in Crofton for six years. "It would be even more cut off from us."

The bypass also pleased Mrs. Reiber, who said the boulevard would do little to slow traffic on Route 3.

"I don't like tooling over to the grocery store and having people whiz by me at 70 miles per hour," said the seven-year Crofton resident. "And the biggest thing [for the bypass] is making easy access for the businesses. We can't cut off the businesses."

But Mr. Hunt said he favors widening the road.

"If you go to the west with the bypass, people on that side are going to have a problem with it, and if you go to the east side, it's going to be the same thing," said Mr. Hunt, who has lived in Crofton for a year. "You want to get the most and hurt the least."

All three candidates agreed that busing schoolchildren from Crofton to alleviate overcrowding is a bad idea.

"I think that's definitely wrong because you're making children pay for a budgetary problem," Mr. Johnston said. "We have to find a way to keep class size down, and whether it be us footing the bill for extra taxes, that's what we're going to have to do."

The other May 20 candidates and their positions are: Edwin F. Dosek, president; Richard Trunnell, vice president; Martin Simon, secretary; Elizabeth Haskin, treasurer; Kenneth Broghammer, District 1; Open, District 2; Laurie Torene, District 3; and Scott Davis, District 5.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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