2 Senate races are contested in primary

Incumbents in Districts 4 and 5 are facing challengers

Maryland Votes 2006

August 20, 2006|By LAURA MCCANDLISH | LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER

Carroll County voters will be choosing candidates in two contested state Senate races in the Republican primary election Sept. 12.

GOP challengers face incumbent senators in western Carroll's District 4 and in District 5, a territory that encompasses Westminster, North Carroll and Finksburg, for the nominations.

Of the six Senate candidates running in Carroll, one is a Democrat, in South Carroll's District 9. Rich Corkran will be facing incumbent Sen. Allan H. Kittleman in the November general election. Both are unopposed in the primary.

The District 5 contest could be the most contentious of the three races. Sen. Larry E. Haines, the leader of Carroll's delegation and a four-term incumbent, faces newcomer Michelle Jefferson, a former chairwoman of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.

If elected, Jefferson said she would improve cooperation between the delegation and local commissioners.

The commissioners sparred with the three senators this spring when the General Assembly recessed without approving a map for the election of five commissioners by district.

In District 4, Taneytown City Councilman Paul E. Chamberlain Jr. is challenging incumbent Sen. David R. Brinkley on that issue. Chamberlain said Brinkley ignored the recommendations of Carroll's eight municipalities and the county's bipartisan redistricting committee in pushing for a district map favored by Carroll's legislators. "He decided to go against the voters of Carroll County," Chamberlain said.

The candidates for the primary provided biographical information. The Sun also consulted court records and campaign finance reports for all money raised since 2003 through Tuesday's first pre-primary filing deadline.

Two of the candidates had court records.

Chamberlain was charged with child abuse and second-degree assault of his 17-year-old daughter in Frederick in March 2000, according to court documents.

Frederick County Circuit Court indefinitely postponed the case on the condition that Chamberlain have no abusive contact with his daughter, the documents stated.

Chamberlain said the two have reconciled, and the case was expunged from his record.

"Now that she has two children of her own, she realizes I was looking out for her own best interest," Chamberlain said.

After Michelle Jefferson got into an argument with her then-17- year-old daughter in August of last year, Jefferson's ex-husband, David K. Harford, filed domestic violence charges against her in Calvert County, court records show.

The case was closed, documents say, and Jefferson said she settled things with her daughter Jenifer Harford. "It was just a little argument," said Jenifer, who will attend college this year.

The following is the list of state Senate candidates:

DISTRICT 4

David R. Brinkley (incumbent)

Age: 46

Party: Republican

Residence: New Market

Family: wife, Sallie; two children.

Occupation: state senator since 2003; delegate, 1995-2003; Frederick County Republican Central Committee, 1990-1994; financial planner for 24 years, Advisors Financial Group.

Education: bachelor's degree in government, University of Maryland, College Park; chartered financial consultant/life underwriter, American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Issues: "The big issues are education, public safety and economic development. ... Carroll has one of the best public education systems in the state, and they deliver that very efficiently. ... The citizens are ill-served by a group of commissioners that are yes-men to the delegation and vice-versa. ... Let's hold the line on property taxes, since that is where most people are getting scorched by increasing assessments."

Web site: www.votedavidbrink ley.com

Funds raised: $136, 575

Paul E. Chamberlain Jr.

Age: 47

Party: Republican

Residence: Taneytown

Family: wife, Maureen; five children.

Occupation: Taneytown City Council; recreational vehicle salesman, Beckley's Camping Center in Thurmont; owned an insurance business; 10 years in U.S. Air Force, discharged 1990.

Education: graduate of Loch Raven High School, Towson.

Issues: Chamberlain has pushed for a resolution to make English Taneytown's official language. He would encourage the state to do the same. "We need to get illegal immigrants back where they're supposed to be, not putting the extra burden on our infrastructure. ... We need to look into the possibility of having reservoirs for additional water sources. ... A teacher that's actually teaching our children should be rewarded. The pension plan wasn't restructured properly to reward teachers who have been there for 10, 20 years. The student-teacher ratio should be down more like 15 to 1."

Web site: www.paulchamber lainforstatesenate.com

Funds raised: $4,000 (self-funded; upcoming fundraiser)

DISTRICT 5

Larry E. Haines (incumbent)

Age: 68

Party: Republican

Residence: Westminster

Family: wife, Jane; four adult sons.

Occupation: state senator since 1991; chairman, Carroll delegation, 12 years; owner and broker, Haines Realty since 1972; former dairy farmer.

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