Delegate Morgan backs Schrader for executive Both Republicans oppose uncontrolled growth

July 03, 1998|By Gady A. Epstein | Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF

Republican county executive candidate Dennis R. Schrader received his first public endorsement from an elected official yesterday, as GOP Del. John S. Morgan declared his support.

Morgan, who represents a district that stretches from Laurel in Prince George's County to his home in North Laurel in southeastern Howard County, described Schrader as a friend who shares his opposition to uncontrolled residential growth.

He and Schrader, a first-term County Council member who also represents North Laurel, were opposed to this year's Rouse Co. rezoning that sped up plans for a Columbia-style village in North Laurel.

"We feel that we've already taken a great deal of development in this region," Morgan said yesterday, standing at Stephens and Whiskey Bottom roads, near the Rouse property. "We're tired of it. We're not against growth. But we are against higher densities than we can afford."

Schrader's opponent in the primary, three-term County Councilman Charles C. Feaga of western Howard, counts County Executive Charles I. Ecker, Del. Robert L. Flanagan and County Councilman Darrel E. Drown as supporters. Some other Republican officials have kept neutral or remained silent about what is expected to be a spirited primary fight.

Morgan said Schrader "has the best chance to win in November" against Democrat James N. Robey, a former police chief.

However, Morgan seemed to recognize that Schrader's pragmatic style might not appeal to some traditional conservative voters in the Republican primary.

"I'm a conservative," he said. "I'm well-identified as a conservative on a statewide basis. I think the conservatives in the Republican primary should be looking at Dennis Schrader."

Pub Date: 7/03/98

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