Tomorrow residents of Annapolis' Ward 1, which covers downtown and the historic district, will vote in a special primary to choose a replacement for Republican Alderman John Hammond. Mr. Hammond, who won a fifth four-year term last fall, has resigned to become budget officer for Anne Arundel County. This election is not about choosing a short-term fill-in; whoever wins will serve virtually an entire term, dealing with such critical issues as a proposed conference center, conflicts between businesses and residents, and transportation problems.
In the Republican primary, voters will decide a three-way race. One of the hopefuls is Louise M.R. Beauregard, a perennial candidate who wants to raise City Dock by a few feet to prepare for global warming. Enough said. The serious candidates are Edward Snyder, a graphic arts consultant and co-owner of a downtown florist's shop, and Sharyn Steffey, a Realtor and activist. Mr. Snyder provides an interesting counterpoint to residents who view businesses as a threat to the quality of life. We like his frankness and open-mindedness. But our endorsement goes to Mrs. Steffey. She has a long history of community involvement, is energetic and maintains reasonable positions on the issues. Her determination to seek a balance between business and residential interests is especially appealing.
On the Democratic side are three committed, well-informed candidates. They are Catherine Clark, vice president of the Murray Hill Community Association and founder of the President's Hill Association; Louise Hammond, an activist and wife of Mr. Hammond; and Steve Raabe, former executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party and a leader at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Hammond would be a strong force for residents and Mr. Raabe is a bright young political activist, but we support Mrs. Clark based on her impressive history of community involvement. She understands the need for give and take, and she has some interesting thoughts about delicate matters such as the proposed redistricting of Ward 1 children to Adams Park Elementary.
Remember, Ward 1 residents, get out and vote. And don't forget the general election on March 8. In tomorrow's primary, The Sun endorses Sharyn Steffey on the Republican side and Catherine Clark for the Democratic nomination.