Choices for 6th District Sun endorsements: Democrats Weir, Hubers, Paul for the House

DiCara, Knepp, Pommett for GOP.

August 14, 1998

HOUSE candidates in the 6th Legislative District -- covering Essex, Middle River, White Marsh and southwestern Harford County -- are focused on local matters: jobs, revitalization of neighborhoods, waterfront development, schools.

Such parochial concerns are not the flashiest part of a delegate's job, but they are important. It's encouraging to see credible candidates so interested in serving their communities.

Six Democrats and six Republicans are vying for three House seats; voters in each primary will choose three. Two of the Democrats, Michael H. Weir and Diane DeCarlo, are incumbents.

Mr. Weir, an Essex bricklayer, 24-year House veteran and vice chairman of the Environmental Matters Committee, has been a valuable protector of the bay. He's decent, involved with his community, conservative but not immovably so. He should be renominated.

Ms. DeCarlo's single term, on the other hand, has been distinguished by a DWI conviction, for which she was given probation before judgment, and support for a motor raceway in Middle River that reflected a fan's enthusiasm rather than a broader understanding of the project's impact.

After Mr. Weir, our choices for the other Democratic spots are two well-rounded, well-informed civic activists, Nancy Hubers of Middle River and Adam E. Paul Sr. of White Marsh.

Ms. Hubers has a long history of involvement in business, community and education affairs.

Mr. Paul, a retired county police officer with an equally impressive civic resume, recently led reasoned opposition to the racetrack.

Republican incumbent Del. Kenneth C. Holt faces Sen. Michael J. Collins in the general election for the Senate; neither has primary opposition.

Our choices for the three Republican House slots are Joseph A. DiCara of Essex, businessman, civic activist and opera singer; Francis A. Pommett III, a 29-year-old Essex lawyer; and Timothy P. Knepp, a lawyer from Chase who has been involved in Republican politics for 20 years.

We like Mr. DiCara's eclecticism and grasp of the issues, Mr. Pommett's pragmatic moderation and Mr. Knepp's thoughtful concern for his district.

Sunday: Congressional districts.

Pub Date: 8/14/98

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