Today, we make our recommendations for Annapolis aldermanic seats in Wards 5 through 8:
* Ward 5: Two-term incumbent Democrat Carl O. Snowden faces a challenge from William G. Hill, a political unknown. Mr. Hill, an affable teacher and volunteer firefighter, was recruited at the last minute by the Republican Party. He says he would do a better job of responding to constituent needs than Mr. Snowden. Indeed, "pothole politics" are not Mr. Snowden's forte. Yet Mr. Snowden remains one of the most articulate, influential voices for civil rights in all of Maryland. In Annapolis, which is one-third black, and Ward 5, which is 70 percent minority, his presence is invaluable.
* Ward 6: Republican Wayne Turner has worked hard during his first term. He represented residents well in their battle against the placement of a BG&E; substation, and he has a long list of accomplishments on nuts-and-bolts local issues.
Democratic challenger Kenneth Kirby promises to be a different kind of alderman. He grew up in Annapolis public housing and has spent the last four years as a recreation assistant with the city Housing Authority. He is commited to solving problems in federally subsidized housing and working with troubled youth. We give him the edge over Mr. Turner because the issues he cares most about are so terribly important to the future of Annapolis.
* Ward 7: Republican M. Theresa DeGraff's two-term record can be summed up in two words: constituent service. Democrat Richard Staisloff's biggest advantage over her is his strong background in financial planning. But Ms. DeGraff represented her ward well and deserves a third term.
* Ward 8: Republican John Rice is challenging six-year incumbent Democrat Ellen Moyer with a platform featuring opposition to boat slip taxes and police department reform. Mr. Rice, a government consultant, says Ms. Moyer has focused too much on environmental issues. We disagree. Her accomplishments regarding waterfront preservation, economic development, the maritime industry, the environment and Eastport are numerous.
In Wards 5 through 8 on the Annapolis City Council, The Sun endorses Carl Snowden, Kenneth Kirby, M. Theresa DeGraff and Ellen Moyer. We will repeat all of our Annapolis endorsements next Monday, the day before the city votes.