Strong slate in District 31 Sun endorsements: Cadden, Roeding, Rosso for Democrats

Leopold, Reigrut, Schade for GOP.

August 12, 1998

VOTERS casting ballots in District 31's primaries will recognize many of the names. They have a selection of known incumbents and community activities seeking their parties' nominations.

The Democratic primary offers a number of attractive candidates.

Joan Cadden has been an extremely effective lawmaker during two terms. She deserves a third. Her tenacity, particularly on school-related issues, has been impressive. A member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, the Brooklyn Park lawmaker has been effective in helping Anne Arundel receive its share of state resources.

Mary Rosso, an environmental activist from Glen Burnie, also deserves nomination. For decades, she has battled with public officials and corporations to reduce the pollution of North County's air, water and land. She is knowledgeable about government and well-versed on nonenvironmental issues. Her skills would make her an effective legislator in Annapolis.

Carolyn M. Roeding, an unsuccessful candidate in the previous election, is running again. She should fill the last Democratic slot. Best known for her advocacy of education, the former head of the Anne Arundel Council of PTAs has also been a leader on traffic and growth issues in Pasadena.

Stephen W. Fogleman has run an impressive first campaign but doesn't have the extensive community experience of the other candidates.

On the Republican side, despite his maverick ways and propensity to clamor for publicity at every turn, Del. John R. Leopold has been successful in his return to the General Assembly. We endorse Mr. Leopold, who won in 1994 after losing a bid for the Senate in 1990.

Incumbent Victoria L. Schade has been less less impressive but deserves renomination. Her approach is too often partisan.

For the third GOP seat, we endorse Kevin C. Reigrut, a state legislative aide.

Also running is Robert Schaeffer, a Severna Park activist who shepherded the county's suffocating tax cap. His anti-government rantings would contribute little to the process in Annapolis.

-#Tomorrow: Legislative District 32.

Pub Date: 8/12/98

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