Council endorsements in Annapolis Anne Arundel County: In Wards 1-4, The Sun favors Hammond, Tate, Gilmer and Powers.

October 29, 1997

WHEN ANNAPOLIS voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will encounter some unfamiliar names running for the City Council. Only three aldermen are standing for re-election, due to retirement or runs for other political of fice. Nevertheless, virtually all of Annapolis' eight wards promise contested races and well-qualified candidates. Our endorsements for Wards 1 through 4 follow. Tomorrow, we offer endorsements for Wards 5 through 8.

Ward 1: In the historic downtown, Democrat Louise Hammond is seeking to keep the seat she has occupied the past three years, since filling the unexpired term of her husband, John, now the budget officer for Anne Arundel County. Republican Robert L. Malone is opposing her.

Mrs. Hammond has fought tirelessly on behalf of residents of Ward 1, who live beside a vibrant downtown, but must also cope with the related ills of traffic and nightlife. Her efforts have ranged from opposing additional bars to protecting the historic district architectural guidelines. Her competent performance has earned her another term.

Ward 2: With incumbent Dean L. Johnson running for mayor, Democrat Sheila M. Tolliver and Republican Vernon R. Tate are competing for this open seat. Mrs. Tolliver, a former college administrator, and Mr. Tate, a businessman and retired general, both have managerial experience in large organizations. But the council, which will be dominated by newcomers, needs a member with Mr. Tate's impressive background and even temperament.

Ward 3: Republican Stephen C. Kerstetter is again challenging incumbent Democrat Sam-uel Gilmer. He ran against him and lost in 1993.

Owner of a karate school, Mr. Kerstetter is an enthusiastic campaigner, but he is trying to unseat one of the city's more popular aldermen. By regularly attending community meetings, Mr. Gilmer has learned his ward inside and out. He has also ably represented citywide interests, including his consistent support of a conference center to spur off-season tourism. Mr. Gilmer has earned another term.

Ward 4: For yet another open seat, Republican Joseph Sachs is running against Democrat Madeleine F. Powers. Mr. Sachs, a long-time community activist and restaurant owner, briefly served on the council in 1993 in place of Ruth Gray after she moved from the city. Mrs. Powers, owner of a consignment shop, has a first-hand understanding of the city's social problems as a volunteer counselor. Her perspective would aid the council.

In Annapolis Wards 1 through 4, The Sun endorses Louise Hammond, Vernon Tate, Samuel Gilmer and Madeleine Powers.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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