Four county mayors voice support for Miller's re-election as delegate Two Republicans endorse the District 5 Democrat

November 01, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In an unusual move by the leaders of Carroll County's towns, the mayors of Westminster, Hampstead, Manchester and Sykesville, two of whom are Republicans, have endorsed Democrat Ellen Willis Miller for a second term as a state delegate.

The mayors' endorsements, rare in most elections, are being promoted by Miller in a campaign flier mailed out on Thursday and Friday to 29,000 county households.

"I generally don't tip my hand, but with Ellen my support was undeniable," said Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman, a Democrat.

Miller also received support from Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin, a Republican.

"I think she's good for Carroll County and has its best interest at heart. She has been a good delegate and listened to our concerns," Nevin said.

Westminster Mayor Kenneth Yowan, also a Republican, agreed.

"She's really done an excellent service to the city of Westminster. Whenever we've had an important project or we're seeking a grant she's been there to help. Many times without even calling her," he said.

Miller Manchester Mayor Elmer Lippy endorsed Miller as well. He could not be reached for comment.

Miller of Westminster said she solicited the endorsements from the mayors individually.

"I was very pleased that they were willing to do that," said Miller, the only Democrat running for one of three open delegate seats in District 5.

The GOP favorites are the incumbents -- Nancy R. Stocksdale of Westminster and Joseph M. Getty of Manchester. Miller hopes the endorsement will give a boost in her race against Republican Carmen Amedori, who is looking to oust Miller for a GOP sweep.

Amedori said she was not concerned by the endorsements and did not expect them to make a difference in Tuesday's election.

"I'm not worried," she said. "Those guys are not very popular in their own towns."

Miller, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, was appointed to take the place of Carroll Democrat Richard N. Dixon when he became state treasurer in 1996.

To return to Annapolis, Miller has to woo Republicans and independent voters. Registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats in her district 55 percent to 45 percent.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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