Howard County


Election 2002

August 27, 2002

THE RELENTLESS challenges of growth and political opportunity characterize this year's campaign for Howard County's council and county executive.

And, as befits a county with a tradition of citizen involvement - even when it comes with a NIMBY tinge - candidates for public office generally come to their races with estimable records of community service. This year is no exception. In many races, voters have difficult - if estimable - choices.

County executive: Democrats will renominate the unspectacular but steady James Robey, who is unopposed in his party primary. Republicans should select businessman Steven H. Adler.

Their match-up in the general election should offer an opportunity to refocus on how to manage a county that enjoys enviable status as a desirable place to live while maintaining sensible growth controls and sufficient revenue.

Council District 1: No primaries.

Council District 2: Voters will select a successor to C. Vernon Gray, a fixture on the County Council who is running this year for the state Senate. Voters in the Democratic primary should choose newcomer Calvin Ball, an educator and community volunteer with an impressive resume of service.

Brian Harlin is clearly the better Republican choice. His opponent, Ray Bly, a used-appliance merchant, was convicted of child abuse 15 years ago.

Council District 3: On the Republican side, The Sun suggests Diane Wilson, whose energetic campaigning and experience as an aide to former Councilman Dennis Schrader give her the edge over Kirk J. Halpin, who served on the Columbia Council.

There is no Democratic primary.

Council District 4: Youth also wins the day in this district's Democratic primary, where Ken Ulman's well-organized campaign gives him the better of things in his race against longtime activist Mary Kay Sigaty.

There is no Republican primary.

Council District 5: Incumbent Republican Allan H. Kittleman, a studious advocate for his constituents, deserves renomination.

There is no Democratic primary.


The Sun continues its Sept. 10 primary endorsements tomorrow with a look at Baltimore City state legislative races in districts 40, 41 and 43.

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