Write-in candidate Linton offers challenge to Samorajczyk in 6th

Democrat was unopposed for County Council seat

October 29, 2002|By Amanda Urban | Amanda Urban,SUN STAFF

Regina Eyler Linton, 66, was distressed when she learned there was not a Republican on the ballot for County Council in Anne Arundel County's 6th District. Now the retired travel agent is staging a write-in campaign against incumbent Democratic Barbara D. Samorajczyk, 56, a nonpracticing real estate attorney who is seeking her second term on the council.

"I've always been involved in politics," said Linton, a campaign volunteer for Republican candidates, an election judge and an unsuccessful candidate for Republican Central Committee during the primary. "But this time, I'm running."

Samorajczyk, whose first run for political office resulted in her election to the County Council in 1998, hopes to continue pressing her concern for environmental and land-use issues if re-elected. The Annapolis Roads resident also wants to focus on public safety issues.

Both candidates list growth and schools among the issues in the 6th District, which covers much of the Annapolis peninsula between the South and Severn rivers. The district includes Heritage Harbor, Parole, Annapolis and Highland Beach.

"There has not been proper planning," said Linton, adding that many shopping centers sit empty as new ones are being built.

She also said the county needs to "get public transportation up to par." She wants the Maryland Transit Administration's light rail service extended to Annapolis, saying there is a long wait to get a bus from the Glen Burnie station to Annapolis.

Linton said she sympathizes with the poor of Annapolis, who she says need better housing and education.

"I'm a poor person living in Annapolis on a fixed income called Social Security," said Linton, who has been endorsed by the Wednesday Republican Breakfast Club.

Linton said her concerns about education stem from working with high school graduates who cannot read well enough to fill out job applications.

"I can't handle the school system," she said, adding that there are "too many dropouts who are intelligent children."

Both Linton and Samorajczyk expressed enthusiasm about Anne Arundel County's new superintendent of schools, Eric J. Smith.

"Schools are where everyone comes together," said Samorajczyk. She said she is eager to continue working with the school board and the County Council for better schools.

In environmental matters, Samorajczyk listed restoring streams and the Chesapeake Bay as her priorities.

She also wants to continue working on the Homes for Heroes project, which would provide affordable housing for people in public service, including teachers and firefighters.

"The idea is to build houses for people who serve us. We don't want them living in other counties," she said.

She said the area needs another fire station, contending that current response times are too long.

Samorajczyk has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO. She had raised $35,685 as of Oct. 20, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Linton had raised $260 as of Oct. 1, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

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