QUESTION:What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?
Angela Beltram (Democrat)
Darrel Drown (Republican)
Angela Beltram (D)
3125 Paulskirk Dr., Ellicott City
Member, County Council, 1986-present; chairwoman, Zoning Board, 1989; chairwoman, Liquor Board, 1988; member, Planning Board, 1975-81; member, Maryland Association of Counties legislative committee and National Association of Counties energy, environment and land use committee; member, League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, School Drug/Alcohol Resource Team and Howard County Citizens Association; attended Seton High School, Baltimore; BA, human services, business and government, College of Notre Dame, elected to Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society; former teacher; married; three children who graduated from Howard County public schools; 25-year resident of Ellicott City. A.
Growth and land use motivated me to run for the council. For more than 20 years, I have articulated the problems associated with rezoning and growth in areas where schools and roads were already overburdened. My platform in 1986 called for adequate facilities legislation. As a member of the council and the Zoning Board, I voted to limit residential growth to 2,000 units annually; to protect streams and steep slopes from development; and against increased density and commercial rezoning in Ellicott City and on Route 40. Because of my conservative growth positions, I have been labeled a "tree hugger" by the development industry. I do not solicit campaign money from developers -- a major difference between me and my Republican opponent. I support adequate facilities legislation; tree preservation and replacement; scenic roads; historic preservation; growth-monitoring systems; purchase of more parkland; no additional commercial strip development on major highways; and continued education excellence.
Darrel Drown (R)
3706 Lookout Ct., Ellicott City
Budget officer, Howard County Public Schools; BS, in accounting, 1974, and MA in education, 1976, Jacksonville University; certified financial planner; former math teacher in Howard County schools; of graduate Howard County leadership program; deacon and active member, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church; former finance chairman, Gray Rock Farm Community Association; member, Toward the Year 2000 Committee; Charles E. Miller Award recipient, Howard County Republican of the Year, 1987. A.
Howard County needs fresh ideas for more effective solutions to its problems. Long-range planning to slow growth, control of developing areas and improvement of the county infrastructure are crucial to the future of Howard County. By using a plan that informs people at the beginning of the development process what they can expect, we can regain predictability and control within the system. And let's try to save the quickly diminishing open sapce that still remains in the east. If we transfer some of the development rights to establish a village in the west, we can maintain the rural west, while allowing some relief in the east. I am also concerned about Howard County's growing commitment to long-term government expenditures at a time when we may have a decline in the economy. We need to set priorities and be more prudent about spending the taxpayers' money.