Hot House race in District 30 Sun endorsements: Busch, Clagett, D'Amato for Democrats

Bissett, Turner and McConkey for GOP.

August 11, 1998

VOTERS IN Legislative District 27B have only one contested primary: Incumbent Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is being challenged by Juanita Miller. Mr. Miller, a member of the General Assembly since 1971, deserves the Democratic nomination.

Primary voters in adjacent District 30 don't have a contested race in the primaries for Senate, but they have plenty of candidates from which to choose for three House of Delegates seats.

Democratic voters will select three of six candidates. Among them are incumbents Michael E. Busch and Virginia P. Clagett. Both deserve renomination.

Mr. Busch has risen steadily in the legislature since he won office JTC in 1986. He proved quite capable as chairman of the Economic Matters Committee. He is a centrist who handled key medical and insurance legislation pragmatically.

Ms. Clagett, who had to leave the Anne Arundel County Council in 1994 after five terms because of a term-limit law, won a seat in the House in 1994 and had a successful first term. Though unable to win assignment to the Environmental Matters Committee, she had a hand in environmental issues.

Between two other Democrats running, we favor Richard D'Amato. Recently retired from a 23-year career as a congressional staffer, Mr. D'Amato understands how the legislature works and how to build coalitions.

On the Republican side, six candidates are vying for three seats. Del. Phillip Bissett deserves re-nomination. As chairman of the county delegation, he tried to be a voice of compromise in a fractious, partisan group. On the Judiciary Committee, he worked diligently on drunken driving legislation.

Among other Republican candidates, Edward J. Turner, who manages Easton's business management authority, and Anthony McConkey, a real estate agent and former GOP activist Prince George's County, are the most promising, though they are new district residents. Mr. Turner served a term on the Mount Rainier City Council. Mr. McConkey chaired the successful Prince George's tax initiative in 1996.

Tomorrow: Legislative District 31.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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