Legislative districts

September 05, 2002

YESTERDAY'S General Assembly endorsements incorrectly reported that there were no primary races for the new District 33B seat in the House of Delegates -- a district that includes most of southern Anne Arundel County and a few communities west of Annapolis.

In fact, there are lively contests in both the Democratic and Republican parties, each of which features two active candidates.

Democrats should favor Dotty Chaney of Lothian. A speech therapist and former member of the county school board, Ms. Chaney is eager to use her background as an educator to upgrade public schools throughout the state.

A lifelong county resident, she is also well-attuned to the particular concerns of her district, much of which is farmland and horse country threatened with encroaching development.

Thomas McCarthy Sr. of Sherwood Forest, a lawyer and engineer, is also calling for stricter enforcement of environmental protections in the district, but lacks Ms. Chaney's broader background and experience with the local issues.

In the Republican primary, the voters' best choice is Larry Myers, also of Lothian. A CPA and legislative aide to two current delegates, Janet Greenip and Robert C. Baldwin, Mr. Myers is promising to apply his financial expertise to the severe budget shortfall facing next year's legislature.

The other GOP candidate is Bob A. Costa of Deale, a county firefighter whose top priority is cutting income taxes for residents over 60. Mr. Costa lobbies the General Assembly on behalf of firefighters but lacks Mr. Myers' more extensive background.

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