GOP's Klocko in South County Sun endorsement: Incumbent merits renomination in Council District 7

no primary contest in 6th.

August 20, 1998

SOUTH COUNTY is preoccupied with growth. This district includes Anne Arundel's most rural areas and the largest collection of active farmers. Watermen still operate out of towns with romantic names such as Shady Side, Rose Haven and Galesville. The district also includes Crofton, a bedroom suburb of both Washington and Baltimore that continues to expand.

Democrats don't have a contested primary in the 7th Councilmanic District. The lone candidate is Timothy J. Shearer of Shady Side.

Republicans have two candidates vying for the nomination: incumbent John J. Klocko III, seeking a second term, and Patricia O'Brien Boarman, a perennial candidate from Deale.

Mr. Klocko, a Crofton lawyer, may not have the deep roots in South County of his predecessor, Del. Virginia P. Clagett, but his conservative fiscal approach and his attention to controlling growth has satisfied his constituency.

He won plaudits for his fight to prevent development on a 150-acre rubble fill between Patuxent and Conway roads, and for his legislation to require so-called "mega-churches" to pass muster with the county's special exception process before they can be built in rural areas.

Mr. Klocko also closed a loophole in a law meant to allow farmers to sell small parcels to family members, but that was being used for land sales to developers. Additionally, he supported restrictions on the proliferation of cellular telephone towers.

Mr. Klocko isn't a "no growth" ideologue, however. He drafted the legislation for construction of the Village at Waugh Chapel, intended as a major model of planned residential and commercial development.

His record includes supporting a controversial auto race track at the former Cox Creek copper plant in North County, and ending a building moratorium on the Pasadena peninsula.

Ms. Boarman, meanwhile, has a solid record of community service on behalf of schools and the environment as well as experience running for elective office.

However, Mr. Klocko's accomplishments during his first term outweigh her history of involvement. We endorse Mr. Klocko for the Republican nomination in the 7th District.

The 6th Councilmanic District, which includes the city of Annapolis and environs, has no contested primary.

Incumbent Republican county councilman William C. Mulford II will face Democrat Barbara Samorajczyk in the general election on Nov. 3.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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