Growth, schools top District 35A concerns

August 27, 2006

Craig DeRan

Date of birth: Oct. 11, 1970 Party affiliation: Democrat Professional experience: Attorney Education: North Harford High School; Davidson College (N.C.); University of Baltimore School of Law Personal: Engaged; elder at Highland Presbyterian Church; grandson of state Del. James J. DeRan Jr.; great-grandson of state Sen. David G. Harry

1. What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

Harford County needs responsible growth. Our role in this district is to pass laws that will allow farms to be productive and profitable as small businesses and will make the state preservation program more user friendly. With this approach, we can work to maintain the area's rural character and be part of a larger countywide plan to control growth.

2. What statewide issue would you seek to address as a delegate in forthcoming sessions?

Maryland's energy issues affect everyone and will not go away. The balance of BGE's 72 percent increase is coming next June. We need leaders who will take a stand on short- and long-term solutions, and will not duck or waffle on this very basic problem. I will go to Annapolis to increase users' power to bargain for lower electric rates, and to work toward renewable energy solutions.

3. How can Harford's delegation help the county deal with issues related to growth associated with expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground?

The delegation must fight for state funding to assist with increased infrastructure needs, including school construction, transportation and public safety. As reported by The Sun, these needs are staggering.

4. Much has been made of the need for school construction funding. Is the present delegation equipped to help the county meet that need?

No. The county has been forced to forward-fund school construction because the state has not provided its share. I will go to Annapolis and work with the delegation and others to secure the funds Harford needs - and not just in election years.

Del. Barry Glassman

Date of birth: March, 24, 1962. Party affiliation: Republican Professional experience: Claims adjuster; state delegate since 1998; Harford County councilman, 1990-1998. Education: Havre de Grace High School; Washington College, Chestertown. Personal: Married; one son; operates a small sheep farm and lamb business in Darlington.

1. What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

Clearly, the pending BRAC-related growth will require additional resources and planning for an already stressed infrastructure in Harford County including schools, roads and water and sewer capacity.

2. What statewide issues would you seek to address as a delegate in forthcoming sessions?

I plan to continue my work on protecting drinking water, growing agricultural business opportunities through ethanol and direct marketing. I am also working on bills to give counties and the state flexibility in their land preservation programs.

3. How can Harford's delegation help the county deal with issues related to growth associated with expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground?

I co-sponsored HB1141 Local Planning-Land Use last session which will require counties and towns to do joint-planning and report to the state so their combined land use plans provide water, sewer, road and school capacity. I am also working on a bill which will create a fast-track permitting and funding element for BRAC-related projects such as schools and roads.

4. Much has been made of the need for school construction funding. Is the present delegation equipped to help the county meet that need?

Although our senators and delegates are far outnumbered by the Democrat majority in Annapolis, the Board of Education, the governor and the delegation have been able to work together to fund our requests at higher levels of any prior delegation and last year we were second to Howard County in percentage of funding. The capital need list is so long, I sort of feel like a farm mule being asked to pull more and more on half the feed.

Del. Joanne Parrott

Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1940 Party affiliation: Republican Professional experience: Advertising; state delegate since 1998; Harford County councilwoman, 1986-1998 Education: Ephrata High School; attended Gettysburg College; Peabody Conservatory of Music. Personal: Widow, two children; co-founder, Highlands School

1. What is the most important issue facing Harford County?

For the next 10 years, planning and coping with growth expected from BRAC coming to APG. We need to preserve our open land while providing adequate housing, roads and excellent schools for our children. Infrastructure challenges and social challenges such as crime must be addressed.

2. What statewide issues would you seek to address as a delegate in the forthcoming sessions?

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