Experience and new blood Sun endorsements: Democratic nominees get a nod in contests for legislative offices in Baltimore city.

October 12, 1998

BALTIMORE IS such an overwhelmingly Democratic town that only two of eight city districts offer Republican opposition.

The GOP has the best chance to make headway in the 47th District, which is divided into subdistricts A (South Baltimore and Curtis Bay in the city) and B (Catonsville and Woodlawn in Baltimore County). Edward Fowler, 40, a Catonsville psychiatric researcher with a doctorate, is challenging Democratic Sen. George W. Della, 55, who is seeking a fifth term.

Some of Mr. Fowler's positions sound distinctly libertarian. He calls for an end to the "failed" war on drugs in order to stop "encroachments on personal liberties." On the other hand, he favors issuing concealed weapons to "competent, non-felonious applicants."

A few of Mr. Fowler's proposals are thought-provoking, but we urge voters to re-elect Mr. Della. His seniority and assignments have made him a valuable asset for the Baltimore region in Annapolis.

In 47A, we support the re-election of Delegates Brian K. McHale and Timothy Murphy, who are fighting GOP challenges from William W. Sheldon and Anthony F. Forlenza. Our pick in 47B is Del. Thomas E. Dewberry over Republican John A. Hoffman.

In the 40th District, Sen. Ralph M. Hughes has our backing for a third term over GOP challenger Melvin E. Stubbs. Delegates Tony E. Fulton, Salima Siler Marriott and Howard "Pete" Rawlings are unopposed.

In the 42nd District, Delegates James W. Campbell, Maggie McIntosh, Samuel I. Sandy Rosenberg deserve re-election, over Republican Jeffrey B. Smith Jr. Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman is unopposed.

In the 43rd District, incumbent Sen. Joan Carter Conway gets our nod, over the independent candidacy of Nimrod Westcott. Delegates Michael V. Dobson, Ann Marie Doory and Kenneth C. Montague Jr. are unopposed.

In the 41st, 44th, 45th and 46th districts, Democrats are unopposed.

Tomorrow: Harford County legislative districts 34 and 35

Pub Date: 10/12/98

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