For evidence of the headway the Republican Party has made in Maryland, see the 6th and 7th legislative districts in east
Baltimore County. Democrats still dominate, but their hegemony faces a growing threat from the GOP. Where once it was remarkable for Republicans to mount campaigns, they now offer viable challenges to cozy Democratic incumbents.
In District 6, which includes part of southeast Harford County, the Senate race is between incumbent Democrat Michael J. Collins and Republican Alfred E. Clasing Jr., a veteran community worker who has served on the county Planning Board. Mr. Clasing boasts impressive credentials, but Mr. Collins has earned another term. He is hard-working, intelligent and has shown a commendable appreciation of Baltimore City as the heart of the region.
The House of Delegates nominees in the 6th are Democrats E. Farrell Maddox, Michael H. Weir and Diane DeCarlo, and Republicans Nancy Hastings, Michael J. Davis and Kenneth Holt. We consider the most competent candidates to be incumbents Maddox of White Marsh and Weir of Essex, along with Mr. Holt of Bradshaw, president of the county Police Foundation, a group of business leaders promoting police-community relations.
The 7th District Senate contest pits Democratic incumbent Norman R. Stone Jr. against Republican Russell Mirabile, who has run an energetic campaign. Our choice, though, is Mr. Stone, who excels at constituent service and is attuned to the workings of Annapolis.
Vying for the district's three House seats are Democrats John S. Arnick, Joseph Minnick and Jacob J. Mohorovic Jr., and Republicans Jacqueline W. Madison and Robert J. Parsons. We can support Mr. Mohorovic and Mr. Parsons. And our third pick, )) after much consideration, is Mr. Arnick. This paper objected strongly last year when the ex-delegate was nominated to a judgeship amid charges he had verbally abused women lobbyists; and again, later in 1993, when he was reappointed to his old seat in what looked to be a back-room deal. But, as we have maintained all along, Mr. Arnick is an excellent legislator with a fine legal mind. Given his skills and his opponents' shortcomings, Seventh District voters should pull the lever for John Arnick.
8, Tomorrow: Legislative Districts 8 and 9.