Commissioners for Carroll Sun endorsements: Calwell, Gouge, Mills for GOP

Jones, Mann and Wooleyhand for Democrats.

August 31, 1998

EIGHTEEN PEOPLE, 14 of them Republicans, are running in the Sept. 15 primary election for a seat on the three-member Carroll County Board of Commissioners. (A 19th candidate filed as an independent, without a primary.) Those who win these part-time jobs -- with full-time duties -- are charged with directing and overseeing county government, exercising executive and legislative roles.

The two Republican incumbents running for re-election have been disappointments. Donald I. Dell and Richard T. Yates have been obsessed with curbing small expenditures rather than focusing on broader issues. Mr. Yates rigidly opposes any tax increase and often delays decisions in order to take informal opinion polls. Mr. Dell vigorously represents the important farming community, and has grown in his two terms as commissioner, but is short on hard analysis of issues.

The crowded field of candidates offers better choices for Republican voters.

For the GOP nomination, we favor Melvin Mills, Julia Walsh Gouge and Edward S. Calwell Sr.

Mr. Mills, of Finksburg, is a businessman long active in community affairs. He has pushed for stronger economic development, and is involved in education and civic groups. His thoughtful view of development, combined with business experience, would benefit the county.

Ms. Gouge has served two terms as a commissioner. She is a former Hampstead mayor and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1994. She knows the system and county politics, and could offer a fresh outlook after four years out of office.

With nine years on the Westminster City Council, Mr. Calwell has demonstrated a strong grasp of local government and a capacity for mediation.

Among the four Democratic candidates, we prefer Perry L. Jones Jr., Roger Larry Mann and Maxine Carole Wooleyhand.

Ms. Wooleyhand is a former Sykesville town council member. Mr. Mann is a Westminster property manager who favors more citizen participation in drafting county budgets. Mr. Jones has ably served Union Bridge for 11 years as a councilman and mayor, strengthening relations between town and county governments.

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Pub Date: 8/31/98

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