Frazier running for second term as commissioner

Republican emphasizes her conservatism

seeks better relations with state

April 25, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,STAFF WRITER

County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier announced plans to seek re-election yesterday before a crowd of more than 150 supporters gathered at a Main Street restaurant in Westminster.

Frazier, a newcomer to elective office when she won her seat on the three-member board four years ago, emphasized the strengths of a consistently conservative government and the board's successes on agricultural land preservation and economic development.

She said she looked forward to improved relations with state government now that Gov. Parris N. Glendening is leaving office.

Carroll's board frequently has been at odds with the state, particularly over issues related to Glendening's Smart Growth policy, which aims to direct growth to existing communities.

"It is important that we don't allow the liberal state to box us into a position where we have to relinquish control over things that belong on the local level," Frazier said to cheers.

Often criticized for injecting religion into politics, Frazier requested a hymn as a preface to her remarks.

She said she had researched, gathered public input and prayed before deciding to run again.

"Every leader has to remember where they came from," she said. "It says in the Bible that God raises people up into positions of authority. I thank God and the citizens of Carroll County who voted for me."

Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said last month that she is running for a fourth term.

Three-term Commissioner Donald I. Dell has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.

The incumbents are Republicans and will face challengers Dean Minnich, Henry G. Griese IV and Perry L. Jones Jr. - and others who file before the July 1 deadline - in the Sept. 10 GOP primary. The general election will be Nov. 5.

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