Joyce to seek 5th District delegate seat

Hampstead Republican Jerome J. Joyce said yesterday he will run again for one of Carroll's 5th District delegate seats in 1994.

Mr. Joyce is an assistant state's attorney in Washington County. In 1990, he finished last in a three- way Republican primary, behind incumbent Richard C. Matthews of Hampstead and challenger Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg.


Mr. Matthews and Mr. Mettle, who finished last in the 1990 general election, have said they will run again in 1994.

Mr. Joyce, 45, said he believes he will have a better chance to be elected next year because Carroll will have a new, third seat in the 5th District as a result of redistricting in 1991.


He said he also has more legal experience now. He has worked as an assistant state's attorney in Washington County since October 1990. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1989 and practiced law for six months in a private Owings Mills firm before he became a prosecutor.

Mr. Joyce said he also has a small, private law practice in Hampstead.

In the September 1994 primary, the top three vote-getters from each party will advance to the November general election. In the general election, the top three vote-getters will be elected to the House of Delegates.

Last month, Manchester Republican W. David Blair, 44, was the first to announce he would run in the race. Mr. Blair, who has never run for public office, is president of the Carroll County Republican Club and a senior engineer at Bell Atlantic Network Services in Silver Spring.

Mr. Mettle, 59, said he will announce his candidacy in April. He is a retired federal government engineer and a former member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee. He is chairman of the Linton Springs Community Association in South Carroll.

Mr. Matthews has been a delegate since 1967.

Republican Carroll Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said she also is considering running for a House of Delegates seat.

Among local Democrats, 5th District incumbent Richard N. Dixon of Westminster said he will seek re-election. He has been a delegate since 1983.


Democrat Ellen Leahy Willis of Westminster is expected to run, party officials said. She finished third in 1990 behind Mr. Dixon and Mr. Matthews in the general election. She could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr. Joyce said he will emphasize tax and crime issues in his campaign.

"We are grossly overtaxed," he said.

U.S. citizens should not pay more than one-third of their gross income in taxes, Mr. Joyce said.

He also advocates changing the way property is assessed in Maryland to impose a cap on tax increases.

Mr. Joyce said that if he is elected he would work to unclog the judicial system. The attorney, who has prosecuted murder and other criminal cases, said he is interested in domestic violence law.


He has been a motorcycle rider for 29 years, has taught motorcycle safety courses and has lobbied in Annapolis against helmet and seat belt laws.

"I don't like to see government involved in people's lives when it doesn't belong," he said.

Mr. Joyce and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 21 years. They have a daughter, Megan, 19.