Voters invited to grill candidates at public forum


WESTMINSTER -- Want to ask the two school boar candidates about overcrowded schools?

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Hear the mudslinging between candidates in the 6th District congressional race for yourself?

A forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carroll Community College at 1601 Washington Road is designed to make you more informed when you go to the polls Nov. 3.

"I find a lot of interest in this election," said Rosemary Hanger, president of the League of Women Voters of Carroll County. "Every day, I get a lot of questions from people."

Voters may ask the candidates questions at the forum, which is co-sponsored by the LWV and the college.

L The event also will be broadcast live on WTTR 1470-AM radio.

Candidates for the 6th District seat will be first on the agenda, Mrs. Hanger said.

State Del. Thomas H. Hattery, D-Frederick, and Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett of Frederick will each give an opening statement, respond to questions from a panel of reporters, make a closing statement and take questions from the audience, she said.

The candidates have been attacking each other on spending, ethics and other issues for the past several months.

Mr. Hattery, who defeated seven-term incumbent Beverly B. Byron in the March primary, wants to increase spending on roads and other infrastructure projects to create more jobs.

Bids on such projects are lower than they were before the recession, he said.

Mr. Bartlett, a retired home builder and researcher, wants to reduce federal regulations and lower taxes, including the capital gains tax.

He has never held public office.

Next on the agenda, school board candidates Cheryl A. McFalls and C. Scott Stone will make statements and answer questions.

Mrs. McFalls, 41, of Manchester, is seeking her second six-year term. She is the Board of the Education's president and stresses her experience as a parent and board member.

Mr. Stone, 41, of Hampstead, is an AT&T; Corp. engineer.

He said he wants to reduce class size and focus on bringing new technologies to students.

The school board race is non-partisan.

Mrs. Hanger and LWV board member Naomi Benzil will then explain what charter government is and give details about the proposed charter for Carroll.

The charter would replace the current form of commissioner government with a non-partisan, appointed county administrator and a five-member council elected by districts.

If approved, the charter would take effect Dec. 5, 1994.

Three members of the board that wrote the charter -- Walter C. Bay, Jon R. Buck and Barbara S. F. Pease -- will answer citizens' questions, Mrs. Hanger said.

Voters may learn more about the proposed charter by watching a live televised forum at 9 p.m. Oct. 28 on Channel 55, the local access station, organizer Gary W. Bauer said.

The program, rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 14, is co-sponsored by the North Carroll Democratic Club and the East Carroll Republican Club.

Reporters will ask questions of two speakers, one who supports the charter and one who doesn't, Mr. Bauer said.

Organizers hope to have phone lines open for residents to call in with questions, he said.

The debate will be rebroadcast on Channel 55 several times before the election, Mr. Bauer said.

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