New faces needed in the 33rd Sun endorsements: Boschert, Richard, Schneider better than incumbent delegates on the ballot.

October 16, 1998

DURING two decades in the Maryland Senate, John A. Cade set a standard for effective representation in the 33rd District that others would be wise to follow. A fiscal conservative and social moderate, Mr. Cade knew when to ignore party labels to accomplish an objective. As a result, the Republican became a leader in the upper chamber, even while in the minority party.

Robert R. Neall, who had made a name in his own right as a minority party leader in the House of Delegates in the 1980s and as Anne Arundel County executive from 1990-1994, was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Mr. Cade died two years ago. In short time he became a respected, effective member of the Senate. With no opposition on the Nov. 3 ballot, he will return there this winter.

Had Robert C. Baldwin and Janet Greenip, the Republican delegates in this western Anne Arundel district, taken cues from Mr. Cade or Mr. Neall, they, too, might be strong candidates for re-election. Instead, they were huge disappointments. They took pride, misguidedly so, in refusing to "collaborate" with the Democratic majority. They opposed everything from the state budget to a common-sense bill that would limit Marylanders to the purchase of one handgun a month. (The district's third incumbent, and most conscientious one, Democratic Del. Marsha G. Perry, is retiring.)

To ensure that the district has constructive legislators, we recommend Republican David Boschert and Democrats Marcia Richard and Sheila Schneider.

Mr. Boschert was a Democratic county councilman from 1984-1994, but switched parties in 1995. He is a straightforward politician who served constituents well.

Ms. Richard, chairwoman of the Democratic Central Committee and a teacher, has demonstrated command of the issues on the campaign trail.

Ms. Schneider, a former high school teacher and executive director of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce, has hands-on experience in two major areas facing the legislature: -- improving education and the business climate. She offers practical suggestions on regulation reform and believes the relationship between government and business could be improved, without compromising environmental, land-use and labor protections.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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