More choices for Harford Sun endorsements: Doud, Kupferman and Evans in contested primaries in council districts D, E, F.

August 28, 1998

WHETHER or not Harford voters are pleased with their county council, at least half of it will turn over this fall. Two current members are running for state delegate, two others seek the council presidency. Yesterday, The Sun endorsed in Districts A, B and C. Today, we do so in D, E and F, which cover the rural north county and increasingly suburban east side.

In District D, the Democratic primary is uncontested. GOP candidates are PTA activist Shirley Williams Doud, 37, and two farmers, Jason C. Gallion, 21, and Lance C. Miller, 27. We favor Ms. Doud for her involvement in education.

District E, from Aberdeen to Forest Hill, offers no GOP challenger to two-term incumbent Robert S. Wagner. This, in spite of the fact that rezoning of his Churchville farm for development was among the most criticized actions of the council last year. Democrats in E are Ronald Kupferman, 58, an Aberdeen council JTC member and mayor for 20 years and executive director of the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, and H. Joseph Fleischman, 46, an engineer.

Mr. Fleischman speaks sensibly about school crowding and continuing pressure from development. But we endorse Mr. Kupferman, who has been active in many facets of Aberdeen town life, from civic groups to the Ripken Museum board. He also understands that growth can't be debated in a vacuum without considering the impact on government budgets.

In District F, which hugs the Chesapeake Bay from Havre de Grace to Edgewood, three seek the Democratic nomination.

One is John P. Correri Jr., a 46-year-old salesman for a food distributor. The public-minded Mr. Correri began at age 27 on the Havre de Grace City Council and served 18 years. The second is Marlin Lee Mills, 50, who owns Bren Mar Park, a golf course and swimming pool near Riverside that the Rouse Co. considered as a shopping mall site. He retired from the sheriff's department after 27 years.

We endorse the third candidate, Thomas P. Evans, 41, a former hospital pharmacy director turned bagel entrepreneur. His business background, with a master's in administration from Johns Hopkins University, would well serve the council. District F has no contested Republican primary.

Pub Date: 8/28/98

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