Picks for Council Districts 1, 2 Sun endorsements: In northern Anne Arundel County, Beidle in 1st; Smith and Harthausen in 2nd.


An editorial Aug. 17 in The Sun in Anne Arundel incorrectly described a lawsuit against 2nd District County Council candidate Robert G. Pepersack. A 1997 federal judgment of $31,100 against him and his top deputy involved allegations of gender discrimination, not sexual harassment.

The Sun regrets the error.

RESIDENTS OF northern Anne Arundel believe that when county resources are allocated, they receive the dregs. With an auto racetrack and a huge outlet shopping mall slated for Councilmanic District 1, they also believe that the County Council considers their community a "free zone" for disruptive large developments.

Serving constituents while fending off that underlying hostility will require considerable skill.

Two Democrats, Pamela Graboski Beidle and George M. Wagner, are running to succeed Councilman George F. Bachman, a Democrat who has served the two terms allowable under the county's term limit law.

Ms. Beidle, a self-employed insurance agent, seems the better nominee. Although she has not held elective office, she has two decades of involvement in community affairs, including as a board member for the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

As for Mr. Wagner, brother of former state Sen. Michael Wagner, the county might benefit from some of the management expertise he gleaned from running a restaurant-supply business, but he doesn't seem as attuned to the service aspect of elective office. There is no contested Republican primary in District 1.

In District 2, which includes Glen Burnie, Democrats have an interesting choice.

Patrick Michael Smith is a lawyer and lifelong Glen Burnie resident. Daniel Klosterman is an accountant and previously unsuccessful candidate for County Council with an admirable record of community service. David M. Schafer has served on the county Board of Appeals, but missed half its meetings his final year on the board.

We favor Mr. Smith, who seems to possess the drive to attend to the district's needs but has no link to the political feuding that has long consumed this district.

On the Republican side, Gregory A. Harthausen Sr., owner of a heating company and former county police officer, is running against former county Sheriff Robert G. Pepersack Sr.

In his first run for public office, Mr. Harthausen comes across as sensible and middle of the road. Mr. Pepersack may have given a professional look to the sheriff's office from 1990 to 1994, but he had great difficulty controlling spending and was penalized in a 1995 civil suit for sexual harassment. His past performance doesn't recommend him for the seat.

We favor Mr. Harthausen.

Tomorrow: Council District 3.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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