FOR THE past four years, the Baltimore County Council has worked well. Instead of parochial bickering, the council's seven members have tended to agree on a broad vision for the future of the Baltimore area's largest local government. We hope this constructive approach continues.
That's why The Sun supports the re-election of Steven G. Samuel Moxley, a Democrat who has represented the populous Arbutus, Catonsville and Westview areas since 1994, when he defeated Berchie Manley for the council seat.
Mrs. Manley's husband, John, is the Republican challenger to Mr. Moxley. Mr. Manley, a volunteer activist, retired teacher and coach, accuses Mr. Moxley, an insurance underwriter, of being a supplicant to County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger. This is an unfair charge that distorts the balanced and thoughtful way Mr. Moxley has handled his responsibilities.
The 1st District is beset by problems of growth, including inadequate facilities. Mr. Moxley is the candidate best suited to tackle the thorny issues of education, community conservation and regional cooperation.
In the adjoining 2nd District, our support goes to Kevin Kamenetz, a Democrat seeking his second term.
In the 3rd District, which includes much of the rural north county up to the Pennsylvania line, Republican Councilman T. Bryan McIntire should be re-elected.
The departure of popular Republican two-term councilman Douglas B. Riley has triggered a dogfight for succession in the Towson-based 4th District. In choosing between Democrat John Appel and Republican Wayne Skinner, voters cannot go wrong.
Our endorsement, however, goes to Mr. Skinner, a long-time Towson-Loch Raven Village community activist. His experience in fiscal matters -- administering tax credit programs for the state -- would be an asset for council and Baltimore County taxpayers.
Tomorrow: Council Districts 5-7
Pub Date: 10/26/98