Gerald P. Starr, Republican District 1 County Council candidate, wants to increase the occupancy tax on hotel and motel rentals, using the proceeds to help pay for police and fire services.

Out-of-town residents who rent hotels and motels use county roads, public utilities, recreation and park facilities and police, fire and emergency services, Starr said.

Increasing the tax would bring in more than $1 million, Starr said, which he wants to put toward police and fire services.


The Meade High School PTA will conduct a candidates' forum at 7 p.m.

Oct. 23 in the school media center.

Scheduled participants include District 1 County Council candidates George Bachman and Gerald Starr and Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville, who is unopposed in the general election.

Republican County Executive candidate Robert R. Neall will be represented by Sen. John Cade, R-Severna Park; Democratic opponent Theodore J. Sophocleus will be represented by his wife, Alice.

Representative Tom McMillen, D-4th, and opponent Robert Duckworth are scheduled to attend, as is Delegate John Gary, R-Millersville.

Severn school board member Nancy Gist will also attend.

Each candidate will make a two-minute opening statement. Candidates will then respond to questions from the PTA and other citizens. PTA officer James Scoggins will moderate the forum.

The public is invited. Questions should be in written form and may be mailed to the PTA, c/o Meade High School, Clark Road, Fort George G. Meade, Md. 20755, or submitted at the forum. Call 551-6325 or 551-3280.


Democrat Joan Cadden, District 31 candidate for the House of Delegates, has been endorsed by the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

Cadden, a former school board member, was "overwhelmingly" chosen by representatives from each of the county's 117 schools, TAAAC president Thomas J. Paolino said.

"Joan Cadden has demonstrated her support for education and for educators during the years she served both as a school activist in North County, the years she served on the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County and the years she served as the County Council of PTAs legislative chairperson," Paolino said.

Cadden has joined the United 31 ticket, headed by Sen. Philip Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, and including delegates W. Ray Huff, D-Pasadena, and Charles W. "Stokes" Kolodziejski, D-Carvel Beach. All have been endorsed by TAAAC.

Also, Democratic County Council candidates George Bachman (District 1), Edward Middlebrooks (District 2) and Linda Gilligan (District 5) have been endorsed by the teachers' association.

Bachman, a former council chairman, "was a staunch advocate of both education and teachers" during his previous tenure on the council, TAAAC president Thomas J. Paolino said.

Gilligan's positions on education issues "demonstrate that she will be a staunch supporter of education and educators," he said.


The Anne Arundel County Professional Firefighters Local 1563 is endorsing Republican Diane Evans for the 5th District County Council seat.

The endorsement letter, signed by Local 1563 President Frank A. Stokes III, said Evans has shown "a commitment to the quality of fire and ambulance services."

Evans faces Democrat Linda Gilligan in the Nov. 6 general election.

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