Jimeno for Senate in 31st Sun endorsements: For House seats, we favor activist Rosso and incumbents Cadden and Leopold.

October 14, 1998

FOR SENATE in District 31, voters must chose between four-term incumbent Philip C. Jimeno, a Democrat, and Jacqueline J. Turley, a Republican in her first run for political office.

A legislator since 1979 (counting two terms as delegate), Mr. Jimeno excels at bringing home the bacon for northeastern Anne Arundel County. He helped secure state money for the Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts, a regional arts center being built at Brooklyn Park Middle School, as well as $9 million for school construction. He also consistently gets praise for his constituent service.

PTC Mrs. Turley, a former Avon saleswoman, seems overwhelmed by the campaign. The Glen Burnie resident offers mostly platitudes on critical issues -- such as "seeking improvements on Mountain Road" -- and has curiously avoided debating Mr. Jimeno, who deserves re-election.

For three delegate seats, we favor Democrats Joan Cadden and Mary Rosso and Republican John R. Leopold.

Mrs. Cadden, a two-term incumbent and owner of a beauty shop, is a staunch advocate for the district and education, a carry-over from her days as a county school board member and community activist. She is on the powerful Appropriations Committee, where she has helped Anne Arundel receive its fair share of state resources.

Mrs. Rosso is well-known to the district, which is plagued by industrial pollution, as a persistent environmental activist. In her battles with government and corporations, she has been well prepared. She is a thorough researcher, does not get distracted by peripheral matters and sticks to an issue long after others have abandoned it. She would make an excellent legislator.

Our third choice is Mr. Leopold. A Republican, he has served in the House since 1982 except for four years after a failed bid for the Senate.

Some colleagues deride him as a self-promoter, often hunting to get his name in the news and seeking credit for things others had a hand in accomplishing. Although he often operates as a maverick, he has been successful in passing legislation. Plus, he is unsurpassed in attending community meetings and responding to constituents, be it to ease congestion on a neighborhood road or to get a ball field named for a community leader.

Fellow Republican incumbent Victoria L. Schade has not been impressive in her first term, so we don't recommend her for a second.

Tomorrow: District 32

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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