Queen Anne's County races
COMMISSIONER: AT LARGE
WINNER - Republican:
Benjamin F. Cassell
NAME: Benjamin F. Cassell
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Cassell has
a bachelor's degree in marketing and works as a logistics executive for
Guardian Services Group, a transportation and warehousing firm in Baltimore.
He lives near Goose Point
with his wife, Nannette. They have one grown son.
ISSUES: Mr. Cassell
wants to keep the growth rate at no more than 400 new homes a year and
develop fair procedures for granting growth and sewer allocation to protect
He would also like to set
a limit on the size of big-box stores such as Wal-Mart. He does not believe
the county has the infrastructure in place to handle rapid residential
growth, but says some commercial development can help produce county income
and create local jobs.
He wants to keep the tax
rate flat by reducing government and focusing spending on education and
He also wants the Board of
County Commissioners to regularly attend community association meetings
and hold quarterly "county accountablity" meetings in which the public
WINNER - Republican:
Joseph F. Cupani
NAME: Joseph F. Cupani
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Cupani is
a private accountant with a master's degree in administration from Johns
He and his wife, Jean, live
in Church Hill and have two grown daughters.
ISSUES: Mr. Cupani supports
limiting the county's rate of growth to protect its rural character. He
wants to create a task force to study building permit caps to prevent large
developers from monopolizing allocation of the sewer system capacity.
He is also a strong advocate
for the environment, emergency services and education.
WINNER - Republican: Rodney
NAME: Rodney "Nemo" Niedomanski
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Niedomanski
has an engineering degree from Montgomery College and retired from Washington
Gas Co. as director of government relations. Today he owns Nemo's General
He served as secretary of
the MD-DC Utilities Association and fire commissioner for Montgomery County.
Mr. Niedomanski and his wife,
Ruth, live in Grasonville and have five children.
ISSUES:Mr. Niedomanski does
not like caps, but he is willing to limit the number of building permits
and sewer allocation granted annually if it would reduce the county's rapid
He supports the massive Four
Seasons project on Kent Island as long as it is developed gradually - 175
homes a year.
He also believes the county
needs to spend more money on emergency services and education. He thinks
he can get more help on this from the state.
WINNER - Democrat: Gene
NAME: Gene M. Ransom
BIOGRAPHY: An attorney who
lives with his wife, Nicole, in Grasonville and runs a private practice
in Chester, Mr. Ransom was elected to the Queen Anne's County Democratic
Central Committee in 1998, is president of the county's United Way board,
and has served on several county and state advisory committees.
ISSUES: Mr. Ransom says if
elected, he would keep growth at an annual rate of 400 homes built per
year with the implementation of sewer allocation caps and a strong adequate
public facilities ordinance.
He would use money generated
by that ordinance, increased impact fees and future "developer's rights
and responsibilities agreements" to pay for improvements to the county's
He would spend money from
the county's surplus to improve education by reducing class sizes and increasing
salaries and affordable housing for teachers, and to improve public safety
by increasing deputies' salaries and creating a fire liaison
WINNER - Republican: Michael
NAME: Michael S. Koval
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Koval attended
two years of college and now owns Koval Construction, a general contracting
company that builds residential homes.
He is the vice president
of Kent Island Defense League and has been fighting the 1,350-home Four
He lives in Chester with
his wife, Nancy, and son.
ISSUES: Mr. Koval aims to
limit growth by reinstating a county law that limited the amount of sewer
allocation granted annually to developers. He also wants to limit municipal
annexations and dissolve the Comprehensive Plan's designated growth areas,
especially the two which direct growth onto Kent Island.
He believes the county should
have an ethics policy that is enforceable and be more fiscally responsible.
Mr. Koval says that if the
county paid better attention to its finances, it could eliminate more debt
and better control its spending.
WINNER - Democrat: Frank
NAME: Frank Kratovil
BIOGRAPHY: With a law degree
and 12 years of law experience, Mr. Kratovil has served as an assistant
state's attorney in Prince George's and then Queen Anne's counties, where
until 2001 he was the only full-time prosecutor. Last October, he became
a criminal justice adviser for the Governor's Office of Crime Control &
Prevention and served on numerous county committes including the Domestic
Violence Coordinating Council and the Combating Underage Drinking Coalition.
He currently serves on the
county Local Management Board and the Queen Anne's County Arts Council.
He lives in Stevensville with his wife, Kim, and three young boys.
ISSUES: Mr. Kratovil says
he will lead by example using his criminal law and trial experience; hire
qualified and full-time prosecutors; establish a proactive and aggressive
prosecution policy regarding juvenile offenders; create a Victim Services
Unit that ensures victims are kept informed of case progress and advised
of legal procedures; establish a pre-trial screening process for felony
and serious motor vehicle cases; and improve communication with law enforcement
and participate in the legal training of officers to ensure appropriate
Results coming soon...
REGISTER OF WILLS
Democrat: Winsie Cannon
NAME: Winsie Cannon
BIOGRAPHY: A graduate of
Centreville High School who has taken courses in probate law and computer
technology, Mrs. Cannon, the Democratic incumbent, worked for the county
Board of Elections for eight years before being elected register of wills
16 years ago.
She lives with her husband,
Vernon, in Church Hill and has three children and nine grandchildren.
ISSUES: Mrs. Cannon says
she is running for her fifth term because she enjoys helping residents
through the difficulties of administering a will. She wants to continue
to provide "professional, compassionate and courteous" service to the community
and believes her vast knowledge of the job is "invaluable." She says her
door is always open to residents. If elected, she plans to improve the
office by holding workshops throughout the county for residents to learn
about creating their wills.
Republican: Marirose Capozzi
NAME: Marirose Capozzi
BIOGRAPHY: After several
years working as nurse and as a sales manager for a county building corporation,
Mrs. Capozzi is now working on getting her mortgage broker's license.
She lives in Stevensville
with her husband, John, and has three children.
ISSUES: Mrs. Capozzi believes
the Register of Wills' office needs to change along with the Board of County
Commissioners, a message she said was made clear in the primary election.
She says the office needs to be upgraded to handle this growth, but would
take a good look around before making any changes.
JUDGE OF ORPHAN'S COURT
Democrat: David Clark
NAME: David M. Clark Sr.
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Clark is a
graduate of Centreville High School who is retired from farming. He sat
on the county Orphans' Court from 1986 to 1998, serving as chief judge
the last four years. He lost a bid for re-election in 1998.
He and his wife, June, live
in Centreville and have three grown children, seven grandchildren and two
ISSUES: Mr. Clark is running
again because he enjoys serving his constituents and believes public service
is the best way to give back to the community.
Democrat: Catherine Clevenger
NAME: Catherine Clevenger
AGE: No comment
BIOGRAPHY: A high school
graduate, Mrs. Clevenger says she acquired most of her education by running
several businesses with her late husband, W.E. Clevenger, including a campground,
real estate business and Clevenger's Oil Co. She has served on the Orphans'
Court for six terms.
She lives in Chester and
has four children and 12 grandchildren.
ISSUES: Mrs. Clevenger is
running because "somebody has to represent the deceased. Everybody else
has lawyers." She enjoys making sure a will is executed fairly and strives
to put residents at ease during the court proceedings and have them leave
Republican: Joseph DiPietro
NAME: Joseph DiPietro
BIOGRAPHY: A retired attorney,
Mr. DiPietro has 40 years of experience in corporate and government relations
and once issued arrest warrants as a court magistrate in Baltimore County.
The position that was eliminated by the creation of the District Court.
He has done legal work for large financial services corporations and is
a member of the Republican Central Committee.
He lives in Chester with
his wife, Theresa. They have three children and five grandchildren.
ISSUES: Mr. DiPietro says
that in today's "complex legal environment," judges of the Orphans' Court
should be attorneys. Mr. DiPietro says he has the ability to research and
better understand the laws that are used to protect clients and their heirs
from tax liability.
He also believes he can fairly
apply Maryland estate laws to the families of county residents.
Republican: Penelope Ann
NAME: Penelope Anne Keating
BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Keating trains
thoroughbred race horses and is a data collector for the Maryland Agricultural
Statistical Service. She lives in Centreville and has three grown children.
ISSUES: Ms. Keating became
interested in law during her more than 20-year marriage to a lawyer. She
believes she is a good candidate for Orphans' Court judge because she is
comfortable making decisions yet is fairly flexible. She wants to give
back to the community, and believes she is most qualified to do that by
becoming a judge.
Republican: Robert Morris
NAME: Robert Morris
BIOGRAPHY: With business
adminstration and law degrees from Georgetown University under his belt,
Mr. Morris, the sole Republican incumbent, is retired from Marriott Hotels,
where he worked for 37 years and served as corporate vice president.
He lives in Chester with
his wife, Florence. They have five children and 11 grandchildren.
ISSUES: Mr. Morris believes
he has the education and the experience as a one-term incumbent to best
do the job.
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Democrat: Jeffrie Zellmer
NAME: Jeffrie Zellmer
BIOGRAPHY: A graduate of
Georgetown University, Mr. Zellmer once served as special assistant to
former state senator Laurence Levitan. He was also president of the McKenna
Group, a business strategy consulting firm, and before that co-owner of
Mimi Selig Homes, a real estate brokerage company.
He is now is the legislative
director of the Maryland Retailers Association in Annapolis.
Locally, he has served on
United Way of Queen Anne's County Board of Directors, as president of the
Queenstown Lions Club and as board chairman Queen Anne's County Democratic
He lives in Grasonville and
has two daughters.
ISSUES: Mr. Zellmer, who
was appointed in May by the governor to the Orphans' Court after the death
of Judge Frances Ashley, says his legislative and business experience as
well as his time on the court makes him a good candidate. His goal as judge
is to make impartial, fair decisions to uphold the integrity of the court.
Republican Write-in: Earl
NAME: Earl Beville
BIOGRAPHY: Sgt. Beville,
an assistant division commander with the state police, has a degree in
criminal justice and has taken additional courses in administration, management,
child abuse, investigation, child abuse and illegal drugs. He has two grown
ISSUES: In light of the recent
sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area, Sgt. Beville says he would
keep residents informed of what the county is doing to keep the public
He says he would also work
with the county commissioners to increase pay and pensions. But he said
better management of the Sheriff's Office is the best way to retain officers.
Republican: Charles F.
NAME: Charles F. Crossley
BIOGRAPHY: With an associate's
degree in criminal justice, Sheriff Crossley, the incumbent, has 30 years
law enforcement experience, including 12 as sheriff. He lives in Sudlersville
with his wife, Connie, and has four grown children and six grandchildren.
ISSUES: Sheriff Crossley
says he will continue to approach the Board of County Commissioners and
state for money to increase staffing as well as deputies' salaries and
pensions. He recently implemented a five-year plan to increase salaries
and pensions, but says much more money is needed to be competitive with
adjacent police agencies so the county doesn't continue to lose employees.
Voters Guide: Congressional
Republican: Wayne T. Gilchrest
NAME: Wayne T. Gilchrest
BIOGRAPHY: A native of New
Jersey, Mr. Gilchrest earned an associate's degree from Wesley College
in Delaware and a bachelor's from Delaware State College. He served in
the Marine Corps and earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Navy Commendation
Medal for service during the Vietnam War.
He taught American history,
government and civics in New Jersey, Vermont and Kent County, and worked
for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.
Elected to Congress in 1990,
he lives with his wife, Barbara, and their three children in Kennedyville.
ISSUES: A strong defender
of the environment, Mr. Gilchrest fought to stop open-bay dumping at Site
104. Last month, he co-sponsored the National Aquatic Invasive Species
Act of 2002, which would regulate ballast discharge from commercial vessels,
create a national database on invasive species and fund state eradication
He voted for the Medicare
Modernization and Prescription Drug Act and opposed the No Child Left Behind
Act, which he thought would weaken local control of schools.
Democrat: Ann Tamlyn
NAME: Ann Tamlyn
BIOGRAPHY: Mrs. Tamlyn has
been a grassroots activists for many years, and has worked to improve the
environment and child welfare. She is a member of the Queen Anne's County
Democratic Central Committee and theQueen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce
and is a Grasonville Community Center board member.
She lives in Centreville
with her husband Thomas. They have three grown children.
ISSUES: Mrs. Tamlyn supports
education for all, environmental protection and health care reform. She
believes everyone who wants an education should be given the assistance
to do so.
Mrs. Tamlyn says she will
seek government money to improve sewage systems and protect the Chesapeake
Bay, which is threatened by nitrogen pollution that can come from outdated
sewage systems. Mrs. Tamlyn also supports health care for all.
DISTRICT 36, SENATE
Democrat: Walter M. Baker
NAME: Walter M. Baker
BIOGRAPHY: A senator since
1979, Mr. Baker is chairman of the powerful Judicial Proceedings Committee
and a member of the Rules Committee, Legislative Committee, Executive Nominations
Committee and Special Committee on Gaming.
A retired attorney, Mr. Baker
has a bachelor's degree from Washington College and a law degree from the
University of Maryland. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1953 and as
state's attorney for Cecil County from 1963 to 1966.
He lives in Elkton with his
wife, Jean, with whom he has two children.
ISSUES: Mr. Baker wants to
improve funding for education. He also supports making health insurance
more available and affordable to residents and making the medical profession
more accountable by penalizing them with higher insurance premiums for
poor care or medical mistakes.
He advocates reducing crime
by enforcing stronger penalties for crimes and prosecuting criminals more
Republican: E.J. Pipkin
NAME: E. J. Pipkin
BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Pipkin launched
the fight against Gov. Parris Glendening's plan to dump dredge spoil from
the Port of Baltimore's shipping channels into Site 104, just off Kent
Island in the Chesapeake Bay.
He recently ended his 16-year
career in investment business to devote himself to his campaign. He lives
in Stevensville with his wife, Alisa, and their three young children.
ISSUES: Mr. Pipkin supports
more school funding, a new school testing system to ensure accountability
and an elected county school board.
A well known environmentalist,
Mr. Pipkin wants to work to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay by
discouraging high-density development in the Critical Area and requiring
infrastructure to be in place before development. If elected, he says he
will increase government accessibility by creating four senatorial offices
in each of the four counties in his district.
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Democrat: Wheeler R. Baker
NAME: Wheeler R. Baker
BIOGRAPHY: A delegate since
1995, Mr. Baker is vice chairman of the Public Safety and Administration
Subcommittee, chairman of the Oversight Committee on Personnel, and a member
of the Appropriations Committee.
He graduated from Centreville
High School, attended Chesapeake College, and now owns Baker's liquor store
and deli in Chester. He lives in Chester with his wife, Holly, with whom
he has three children.
ISSUES: Mr. Baker plans to
ask the state to review the Thorton Commission's formula for dispersing
money generated by the cigarette tax to counties for education. Queen Anne's
received the least amount of funding from the commission earlier this year.
Mr. Baker says he will also
continue to work with the State Highway Administration on projects to improve
Route 50 and 301 and the Maryland Department of Transportation to build
a second bridge to the Eastern Shore.
He also intends to continue
efforts to use dredge material from the shipping channels of the Port of
Baltimore to rebuild Parson Island, a small private island south of Kent
Island which is washing away.
Republican: Richard Sossi
NAME: Richard Sossi
BIOGRAPHY: After earning
a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Mr. Sossi owned a
collectibles shop in Annapolis selling toy soldiers, ship models and large
scale trains. After 20 years, he recently scaled the business down to mail
orders and trade shows. In 1990, he was elected to the Queen Anne's County
Republican Central Committee and served as its chairman. He stepped down
in 1998 to make an unsuccessful run for the House of Delegates. He lives
in Stevensville with his wife, Flora, with whom he has a daughter and a
ISSUES: To address the teacher
shortage, Mr. Sossi is calling for a $1,000 tax credit per teacher, which
he proposes to pay for with slots at the race tracks.
He wants the state to increase
its financial aid, grants and loans to local and county governments to
assist them in increasing the pay and benefits of county and municipal
police, an effort he says he knows will have to come over time in light
of the state budget crunch.
He wants to reduce or eliminate
the tax on pensions, which he believes is forcing many older residents
to move out of state to escape it.