Commissioner candidate Wooleyhand is confident South Carroll activist focusing her campaign on taxes and growth

October 19, 1998|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

As the only major-party candidate from the populous and activist South Carroll area, Maxine Carole Wooleyhand likes her chances for winning one of the three county commissioner seats in next month's general election.

The only other South Carroll candidate is Carolyn Fairbank, who is running as an independent in November. Incumbent Commissioner Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg lost the Republican primary and his chance for a second term.

Wooleyhand, a Democrat, said she knows Fairbank slightly from some mutual activities but doesn't worry about whether her opponent will draw off votes.

"I really have no way of judging that," Wooleyhand said."With her being an independent. I'm just running my own race, on my own issues."

She has a greater concern in her countywide race, with 8,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats.

"I'm just trying to swim upstream. In the primary, I took all the precincts in South Carroll -- all the way up to Mount Airy -- so I've got some support in this area," she said.

She outlined what she sees as the issues.

The three Republican County Commissioners raised taxes, she said, even though "we have no fire department, we have no police department, we have no trash collection. People are surprised" when they move here, as were her son and daughter-in-law, who recently moved to Carrollton.

"We need to give a little more thought to growth. For people in this area, that is the problem," she said. "We let the development occur -- and then we worry about the infrastructure. I don't think the Republicans did all they could."

The intersection of Routes 26 and 32 gets the worst grade in Carroll County, she said. "Something has to be done," she said, placing some of the blame on the State Highway Administration. "I think if we have Democrats, we might have a better chance. We have Republicans in a Democratic Assembly, and sometimes the animosity plays out to the county's detriment."

She is a supporter of charter government and blames the initiative's defeat on "misinformation" and "a lot of personalities played out. I don't think it was given a good read."

"Charter won in every district here in South Carroll," she said. "I think the fact charter was so well received in this area is a reflection on Mr. Yates. That should have been some indication that people aren't too happy about what's happening down here."

Her environmental concerns include recycling, parks and support for a greenways proposal.

This is her second run for commissioner. She ran in 1990 "just as an exploratory thing," she said, and "for $500, I came out fourth."

Wooleyhand, 55, has lived in Sykesville for 30 years and served on its Town Council for one term, from 1987 to 1991, when she was defeated for re-election.

In 1994, she sought unsuccessfully to be named mayor when the incumbent was transferred out of state. In the next election, she ran unsuccessfully against then-Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.

Gregory Pecoraro, in his fifth term on the Democratic Central Committee, praised Wooleyhand.

"As a Central Committee member, she's been very hard working -- and she's been a real team player," he said. "She's done a very good job of representing South Carroll on the committee."

Wooleyhand said her interest in politics dates from girlhood: "since I was 17 and stuffing envelopes for" John F. Kennedy while at Catholic High School of Baltimore. She attended Carroll Community College.

Born in Baltimore, she was raised in Parkville. She worked for the Social Security Administration as admissions clerk for several years, then lived in Virginia Beach while her husband, William Wooleyhand, was in the Navy.

The couple moved to Sykesville in June 1968, when he took a job as a quality engineer for the IBM Corp. in Gaithersburg. He now works for Lockheed Martin Corp. in Gaithersburg.

Wooleyhand operated a small day-care business in her home.

She has been an active volunteer, she said. Through St. Joseph's Church, she has been a lector, Eucharistic minister and Pastoral Council member.

Having four sons meant hours for Cub Scouts, classroom and PTA duties and team sports.

"I have made many a snowball," she said of those Little League years.

Maxine Carole Wooleyhand

Age: 55

Residence: Sykesville, since 1968 Family: Married 36 years to William Wooleyhand, engineer; four sons; seven grandchildren

Occupation: Former Social Security Administration admissions clerk and day-care provider in home; wide range of volunteer activities

Education: Catholic High School of Baltimore; Carroll Community College, associate of arts degree

Political background: Sykesville Town Council 1987-1991; on Democratic Central Committee since 1994; county commissioner candidate 1990

Pub Date: 10/19/98

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