Marsh, Vitale in 5th District Sun endorsements: Good choices to fill Diane Evans' seat on County Council in 5th, but no contest in 4th.

August 19, 1998

FOR EIGHT years, Diane R. Evans has represented voters on the Broadneck Peninsula and in Severna Park on the Anne Arundel County Council. With term limits, Ms. Evans cannot run again for her seat, and is campaigning instead for county executive.

Democrats, sensing an opportunity, have fielded a surprisingly large slate of candidates for the council seat Ms. Evans is vacating. Four years ago, only David DeAngelis, chief deputy sheriff in Baltimore, ran. He is running again this year, with four others -- Tara K. Frame, Mary P. Marsh, Susan E. Pogue and Joseph A. Spiegel.

Ms. Marsh and Ms. Pogue are the best of the bunch.

Ms. Pogue has been active with the Bellhaven Association and the Greater Pasadena Council. She is familiar with the workings of the county council as a former assistant to then-councilman Carl "Dutch" Holland in 1990-94.

Of the two, we favor Ms. Marsh, however. She is a legislative researcher for an environmental group and former president of the Whispering Woods Community Association and Broadneck Federation of Community Associations.

A thoughtful candidate, she favors the creation of magnet schools to attract students to under-enrolled feeder systems as a solution to middle-school crowding. With the council facing comprehensive rezoning, her experience on the steering committee that helped revise the county's General Development Plan would be an asset.

Republicans have three attractive candidates. Lawrence Masterson, a retired National Security Agency official, has been active in community groups in Severna Park and Odenton. Cliff R. Roop, a gas station owner, was president of the Manhattan Beach Association, a member of the county Republican Central Committee and chaired the Amusement Licensing Commission, which regulates commercial bingo.

Cathleen M. Vitale, however, is the best of the three. She has served on the county Republican Central Committee for four years, recently as its vice chair. An attorney, she has been active in the local bar and as a mediator for domestic and civil cases. Her experience in resolving complex, domestic legal disputes would serve her well in finding answers to the difficult issues that come before the council.

There is no primary in western Anne Arundel's Councilmanic District 4, where Democrat Bill D. Burlison and Republican incumbent Bert Rice will compete as they did in 1994.

Pub Date: 8/19/98

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