Harford County

Maryland Votes 2006

October 18, 2006

David R. Craig brings to the job of Harford County executive a reservoir of strengths. A retired middle school administrator, he is an advocate for well-funded public schools that are neither overcrowded nor underperforming. As mayor of Havre de Grace, he oversaw redevelopment and revitalization efforts. A former state legislator, he understands the symbiotic relationship between state and local government and the latter's reliance on state funds for roads, transit and school construction. Mr. Craig also has the advantage of having served in the office for the past 18 months. He receives our endorsement.

Council president: As a check on executive authority, Harford countians will need a strong, independent council president. Republican Billy Boniface, a partner in his family's well-known breeding farm, has served as president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, which has a staff of 11 and a $1.1 million budget. He wants the county to adhere to its master plan and supports an overhaul of the zoning code, critical issues in better managing Harford's growth. He has earned our endorsement.

Our choices for the County Council are candidates with experience in local government, a knowledge of managing growth and a commitment to public service:

Council District A: Democrat Dion F. Guthrie should build on his first term in the council to press for experienced teachers for his district and increased police protection in Edgewood.

Council District B: Democrat Val Twanmoh has the legal expertise and experience in zoning matters that could prove invaluable for the council and serve as a check against developers' interests.

Council District C: Democrat Joan Morrissey Ward would bring her experience and passion as a Bel Air town commissioner to the council and help give local communities a stronger voice.

Council District D: Republican Chad R. Shrodes, a county planner for nearly a decade, could provide practical advice on rezoning issues and farmland preservation.

Council District E: Incumbent Republican Richard Slutzky has been a strong voice on adequately funding county schools and providing for Harford teachers.

Council District F: Democrat Mary Ann Lisanti, a former town manager of Havre de Grace, understands the need to manage growth and update the zoning code to reflect today's concerns.

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