More Annapolis council endorsements Anne Arundel County: In Wards 5-8, we endorse McMillan, Carter, Fox and Moyer.

October 30, 1997

TODAY, we continue our endorsements of candidates running Tuesday for Annapolis City Council in Wards 5 through 8.

Ward 5: Having failed in his bid to be- come mayor, three-term alderman Carl O. Snowden will not be on the ballot for the first time since 1985. Democrat George O. Kelley, Sr., a city police officer, is running against Republican Herbert H. McMillan, an airline pilot. Mr. McMillan is a newcomer to politics but shows great promise. He encourages annexation to control development better and the use of city inspectors to examine federally subsidized Housing Authority units. We endorse Mr. McMillan.

Ward 6: Republican James R. Lucas is the only name voters will find on the ballot, but they did not put him there. The Republican Central Committee selected him after Alderman Wayne C. Turner won last month's primary despite having withdrawn from the race for health reasons. Apart from that political act, the two-year resident of the ward has no special claim to the seat. A better choice is a write-in candidate, Cynthia Carter, a Democrat and life-long city resident. Her experience working herself out of public housing and years of community service give her a hands-on perspective on social issues this council needs. We urge Ward 6 voters to write-in Cynthia Carter on the ballot.

Ward 7: M. Theresa DeGraff would probably have easily won re-election had she not decided to try for mayor. In her place are two solid choices, Republican Michael W. Fox and Democrat David O. Colburn. Mr. Fox, director of Anne Arundel County's Odenton Town Center Plan, would add a fresh perspective on planning. Mr. Colburn, a court bailiff, knows the community. Mr. Fox's youthful energy and vision tip the balance in his favor.

Ward 8: Incumbent Ellen O. Moyer, a Democrat, has done an admirable job representing Eastport while looking out for Annapolis' economic future. Republican Robert McWilliams also knows the community through his work in real estate. He has interesting ideas, including ways to turn public housing residents into homeowners. Both candidates have strengths, but Ms. Moyer's experience will be invaluable in the incoming council. We endorse her re-election.

In Annapolis Wards 5 through 8, The Sun endorses Herbert McMillan, Cynthia Carter, Michael Fox and Ellen Moyer.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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