Becalmed Baltimore County Sun endorsement: In lone contested primary in Districts 1, 2 and 3, GOP's Cohen, in 2nd, is best.

August 21, 1998

PARTLY DUE to a good economy and partly due to the Ruppersberger administration's aptly placed priorities, Baltimore County has prospered the past four years.

That makes life easier for county council incumbents up for reelection. The lack of public discontent is reflected in the dearth of candidates; four of the six incumbents seeking another term face no primary opposition.

District 1, the southwestern area of the county, has no contested primary. Democratic incumbent Stephen G. Samuel Moxley will face John D. Manley, husband of former 1st District councilwoman Berchie Manley, in the Nov. 3 general election. Mr. Moxley defeated Mrs. Manley in 1994.

In the 2nd District, which includes the Liberty Road corridor, Randallstown and Pikesville, incumbent Democrat Kevin Kamenetz has no primary challenge.

On the Republican side, Deer Park Elementary PTA leader Lisa P. Cohen of Randallstown faces Jacqueline F. Fleming, a retired teacher and longtime GOP activist. Ms. Fleming is sincere, but she hasn't seemed to put much energy into defining what she would like to accomplish in the council or in getting her message out to voters.

Ms. Cohen, mother of four young children, is the clear choice for GOP voters. Her background for the council job mostly centers on involvement in her children's school.

But she is articulate and understands the school issues particular to her district, such as the rapid growth in enrollment. She has a good understanding of the budget process and the relationship between schools and local government. And she has set clear priorities: creation of an adequate facilities ordinance and reduction of the piggyback income tax, which Baltimore County raised in 1992 to help offset effects of the recession.

The 3rd District, a largely rural area that includes Reisterstown and Owings Mills, has no contested primary. Incumbent DTC Republican T. Bryan McIntire will face Democrat Alan M. Elkin of Reisterstown in November.

Pub Date: 8/21/98

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