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By John Culleton | December 16, 2012
Some years back, Carroll County Republicans, lacking serious competition from the county's Democratic Party, divided into what I consider two factions — a pro-growth group and the slow-growth group. The pro-growth faction dominated the legislative delegation, while the slow-growthers dominated the Board of County Commissioners. But the pro-growthers dominated the primary process. So to break up the monopoly of the slow-growthers in county government, they pushed through the five commissioner system, and created a district map that made it difficult for the incumbent commissioners at the time to win. Many of those who voted for five commissioners thought that they would have the opportunity to vote for all five.
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By John Culleton | December 16, 2012
Some years back, Carroll County Republicans, lacking serious competition from the county's Democratic Party, divided into what I consider two factions — a pro-growth group and the slow-growth group. The pro-growth faction dominated the legislative delegation, while the slow-growthers dominated the Board of County Commissioners. But the pro-growthers dominated the primary process. So to break up the monopoly of the slow-growthers in county government, they pushed through the five commissioner system, and created a district map that made it difficult for the incumbent commissioners at the time to win. Many of those who voted for five commissioners thought that they would have the opportunity to vote for all five.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | September 13, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- A survey for the Carroll Committee for Charter Government shows that county voters favored charter government over the current commissioner system after they were informed of the charter's main provisions.The telephone survey, conducted by Sykesville-based Public Opinion Research Inc., revealed that 47 percent favored charter government, 22 percent preferred maintaining commission government and 31 percent were undecided.The survey has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
EXPLORE
October 8, 2012
I would be terribly remiss if I didn't use this space to remember a worthy competitor, mentor and friend named Edna Goldberg, who died Oct. 3. Many of you who read my contribution to the Etc space no doubt remember Edna. (Sorry, but it's difficult of me to think of her as anyone but Edna; Mrs. Goldberg just somehow doesn't ring quite right here.) It would be hard to forget her. For those of you who don't know her name or never read any of the articles she wrote for The Baltimore Sun , Edna Goldberg was a consummate journalist who spent the better part of three decades keeping those who ran or who aspired to run Harford County government on their collective toes and looking over their shoulders for Edna and her notebook.
NEWS
September 13, 1992
Should Carroll change to a charter government?A committee has been working for nearly nine months to draft a charter that would serve as a constitution for Carroll County. The document outlines government structure and principals by which the county would be run, and would transfer the authority to enact certain local laws from the state legislature to a county council.The proposed charter is in nearly final form. Copies are available at the county public library branches. The board plans to place the charter on the Nov. 3 ballot, and voters will decide whether it will be adopted.
NEWS
October 6, 1992
Twenty-four years ago, the citizens of Carroll County had the opportunity to adopt a charter. They decided to stay with the commission form of government. Next month, they have another chance to take control of their local government. They should not pass it up.Carroll County is no longer a rural place where local government plays a peripheral role in daily life. Government, whether people like it or not, looms larger in counties as they become more suburban. The need for schools, social services, public safety and public health increases.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 27, 1998
A political action committee created to promote charter government in Carroll County will register this morning with the Board of Elections in order to begin fund raising.The bipartisan group -- Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government -- hopes to "educate the public concerning the specifics of the charter" that would serve as a constitution for the proposed government, said spokesman John Culleton.The group also will "seek to counter the disinformation campaign being waged by charter opponents," Culleton said.
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By Rosemary Hanger and Rosemary Hanger,Guest Columnist | July 19, 1992
Confusion and charter government often seem to go together because people do not really understand what a charter is.A few simple comparisons might help.A charter is like the Constitution of the United States. It defines the mission of the government, describes the roles and powers of elected officials, sets down basic guidelines for how these officials will be elected and describes general laws that apply.In Maryland, our state was founded using a charter that later evolved into the state constitution.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff writer | July 31, 1991
A state ruling invalidating some of the 2,000 signatures collected by a committee trying to change the way Carroll governs itself did notreally have an impact on the nearly 23-year push for charter government, backers of the proposal say.The ruling, issued earlier this month by the Maryland State Board of Elections, said that by failing to have voters indicate their birth date and the date on which they signed the petition, the Committee for Charter Government...
NEWS
May 24, 1996
TODAY IS THE DEADLINE set by mayors of Carroll County's eight towns for the Board of Commissioners to decide whether to appoint a charter-government committee.Rather than an ultimatum or a political power showdown, the deadline was set by the mayors to prod a prompt decision so that this important issue could go before county voters this November. If the commissioners decline to appoint a committee to draft a charter for the ballot, the mayors insist that a petition drive will soon collect the required 3,600 signatures and force the commissioners' hand in any case.
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By John Culleton | March 3, 2012
With respect to the state legislature, the phrase "Carroll County Delegation" is about to become inaccurate. The statewide redistricting process, particularly regarding the House of Delegates, has done us in. Of the eight delegates to be elected to our county's delegation in 2014, only three are guaranteed to be Carroll County residents. Because of the way the districts will be redrawn, three will be from a district that is vastly dominated by Frederick County and two will be from a Howard County district that has just a small section of Carroll in it. But because those districts will have a toe in Carroll, all their delegates will be members of the Carroll County Delegation — and will have a say in our affairs.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | February 20, 2007
Robert Rountree Strott, a businessman who four decades ago helped guide Anne Arundel County into the era of charter government and served as a top administrator for three county executives, died of heart disease Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Stevensville resident was 74. Mr. Strott was tapped by Anne Arundel's first chief executive, Joseph W. Alton Jr., to aid in the transition from a government run by a board of commissioners in the mid-1960s. After returning briefly to the private sector, Mr. Strott became director of administration for Mr. Alton in 1968.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
Carroll County commissioners worried about hastily adopting a code home rule resolution when residents raised the issue last week, but Commissioner Dean L. Minnich said he hopes dialogue will continue on bringing the question to referendum for the November election. "I'm not closed to the idea yet of putting it on the ballot," he said. "I don't want to quash the discussion on this because I think it's useful." Seizing momentum from the General Assembly's failure to approve a commissioner redistricting map, Del. Susan W. Krebs, a Republican, and several Eldersburg residents urged the commissioners last week to push for more local control.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2005
ELKTON - The Cecil County commissioners violated state law when they unanimously approved key changes to their operating guidelines, according to an opinion by the state attorney general's office. Republican Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. sought the opinion after a resident objected to the ordinance passed by the Board of Commissioners. "They are operating more like a charter form of government than a commissioners form of government," Smigiel said last week. "They violated the law. ... You can do this if you are the county executive or if you have home rule or a charter government, but we don't have that in Cecil County."
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1998
Carroll's charter government initiative appears to have been as unattractive to people's wallets as it was to voters in the May 1 election.According to reports filed with the election board Tuesday, Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government, which favored a switch to a county executive and council, raised $2,469, including a $500 gift from the North Carroll Democratic club.The anti-charter group, Citizens Against Big Charter Government, raised nearly twice as much -- $4,733. But more than half of that amount came from two contributors.
NEWS
May 17, 1998
Carroll was right to reject flawed charterTo Carroll County citizens: Your instincts were correct in voting down the charter placed on the ballot May 2.Many of you rightfully wanted citizens to have a greater voice in the day-to-day decisions of your local government, particularly in the long-range impact of land use. It is always difficult to know whom to trust.In this situation, you were not told that you were presented with a proposed charter that had been copied from the current Howard County version (amended in 1996)
NEWS
By Elise Armacost | May 11, 1998
I WAS in college in the early 1980s when the winds started to shift in Carroll County, where I grew up.It wasn't hard to detect signs that the social and political climate of this place of small towns, farms and frugal, reserved people was about to change. Interstate 795 was under construction. Split-level houses were going up behind my father's property on what had been corn and soybean fields. A growing number of my younger siblings' classmates bore surnames other than Germanic, old-county monikers.
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