McMillan in Annapolis
Endorsement: Republican candidate better suited to face tough economic
Originally published November 1, 2001
THINGS HAVE changed in the past several months. Earlier, with the
economy in good shape, local government had to worry about spending
surpluses, not preventing deficits.
As the budget pictures become increasingly gloomy, this is a time to usher
in government leaders who are fiscal hawks and will balance the books.
In the race for Annapolis mayor, it has become clear that Republican
Alderman Herbert McMillan would do a better job of watching the
taxpayers' dollars than would his opponent, Democratic Alderman Ellen
The Sun, therefore, recommends Mr. McMillan for Annapolis mayor.
To be sure, Annapolis owes a lot to Ms. Moyer, 65, a former lobbyist for
the Maryland State Teachers Association and Annapolis first lady who
was married to former Mayor Pip Moyer. For the most part, she's been a
valuable member of the city council for 14 years. But the general election
campaign has proved that she doesn't quite measure up in many ways to
Mr. McMillan, 43, is a Naval Academy graduate and American Airlines
pilot who would keep his fulltime job while serving as mayor but says he
flies only six days a month. He's quick on his feet and hard-charging, and
has a strong personality. He would bring new energy to the mayor's seat -
a Republican image of former Mayor Dennis M. Callahan.
If Mr. McMillan points his personality in the right direction, he can move
the city forward in building its economic base while maintaining Annapolis'
unique historic character. He went the wrong way with his controversial
anti-drug-loitering law, which a federal judge struck down as
That issue is over. Now, Annapolitans must worry about parking and
transportation and about their pocketbooks. Mr. McMillan seems much
more capable of addressing those issues responsibly.
He appropriately criticized a proposed deal between the city and the
Navy that would have continued giving the Naval Academy a substantial
discount on sewer services. Engineering a more favorable deal for the city
would bring in revenue from his alma mater that the city is certain to need
during rough fiscal times.
Ms. Moyer, on the other hand, supports a drastically reduced rate for the
academy. Also disturbing is that she quit the council's finance committee in
1994 during a rough budget year. Her explanation that she was busy with
her fulltime job was a weak, unconvincing excuse for bailing out of a
Mr. McMillan is well-qualified to be mayor of Annapolis, and he deserves
election on Tuesday.
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