Return Stone to Senate in 7th Sun endorsements: Some incumbents, but not all, among the best for eastern Baltimore County.

August 17, 1998

IN THE 7th District, which covers the Rosedale and Dundalk areas, Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr. faces a weak opponent in liquor store owner Anthony J. Narutowicz. Mr. Stone, who has held his seat since 1967, is not a leader in Annapolis; we would like to see him wield greater influence. But he is decent and a good constituent servant and deserves the Democratic nomination. That would effectively give him the seat again because no Republican is running.

For three House seats, Republican and Democratic voters will each choose three candidates. Incumbent Democrat John S. Arnick has had some bad moments during his long legislative tenure, but there is no denying his effectiveness and leadership.

The other incumbents, Democrats Joseph Minnick and Jacob J. Mohorovic Jr., have been competent but not stellar. Mr. Minnick has shown more leadership and been more visible. We endorse him, Mr. Arnick and challenger William C. Batton, a Dundalk attorney.

Of four weak GOP candidates, we endorse Rosedale activist Gary Adams; Jane Brooks, a former aide to Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.; and Christopher G. Crossont, a sales manager at an automotive shop.

There is no primary for Senate in the 8th District. The House Democratic race features three good challengers: Walter Bernard Burrell Sr., a member of Baltimore County's social services board, and two young lawyers, J. Joseph Curran III and Taras Andrew Vizzi. We give the edge to Mr. Curran and Mr. Vizzi, based on their grasp of the issues. Our third Democratic choice is incumbent Katherine Ann Klausmeier, who concentrated on local issues in her first term.

The two Republican incumbents, James F. Ports Jr. and Alfred W. Redmer Jr., were elected in 1990 as conservatives against "politics as usual," but now ally themselves with the establishment. Since 1990, Mr. Redmer has learned to temper his stands to play a more meaningful role. Mr. Ports has been undistinguished but a dearth of attractive challengers leads us to endorse him. For the third GOP spot, we support William Downs, a Parkville process server with common-sense views.

Tomorrow: Districts 9 and 10.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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