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  Parris N. Glendening
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

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Parris N. Glendening Parris N. Glendening
Age: 56
Residence: University Park.
Married: Yes.
Children: One.
Occupation/Employer: Incumbent; Taught Political Science at the University of Maryland-College Park for 27 years prior to election.
Elected Offices: Governor of Maryland; Prince George's County Executive; Prince George's County Council; Councilman, City of Hyattsville.

Why should voters elect you?
"My Administration has fulfilled the promises I made to Marylanders four years ago. We have invested record resources to reduce class sizes and equip our children for the 21st century. Under the aggressive leadership of Lieutenant Governor Townsend, Maryland has experienced significant declines in crime and violence. Our efforts to create jobs have proven successful: employment is at an all-time high, unemployment is at a nine-year low, and we have moved over 100,000 Marylanders off welfare rolls and onto payrolls. The last four years have been a historic success, and I look forward to finishing the job."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"Education is my passion. Education enabled me to escape poverty and provided me with a fulfilling career. It will remain my top priority as governor."

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend*
Age: 47
Residence: Towson.
Married: Yes.
Children: Four.
Occupation/Employer: Incumbent.
Elected Offices: Lt. governor of Maryland since 1995; Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice; Maryland Student Service Alliance; Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial; founder of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards; Dundalk Community College and Essex Community College; Export-Import Bank board; Institute for Women's Policy Research board; Wilderness Society board.

Why should voters elect you?
"Governor Glendening and I are fundamentally changing the way we fight crime. Across Maryland, law enforcement is joining with communities to form powerful new partnerships to stop crime. These partnerships fuel our four-pronged strategy to target high-risk offenders, reclaim at-risk neighborhoods, protect and support victims and prevent youth violence, drug use and gangs. The result: Maryland's rate of violent crime is falling twice as fast as the nation's. Next, we will extend the reach of our initiatives, step up gun enforcement and juvenile offender accountability. Continuing our comprehensive strategy will make lasting improvements in Maryland's neighborhoods."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I'm passionately committed to making government work and engaging citizens to rebuild our sense of community and reignite confidence in ourselves and each other."

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Candidate Profiles
Glendening's Record: An In-Depth LookOct. 5-8, 1998
Then as Now, Glendening a PragmatistJune 14, 1998
Distanced From a Difficult PastJune 5, 1998

Other Stories
Governor's Race Defies Political LogicOct. 28, 1998
Glendening Has Slim Lead in PollOct. 25, 1998
Economy: Robust or Flawed?Oct. 14, 1998
Montgomery County Is Key for CandidatesOct. 11, 1998
Glendening Courts HMOs; Doctors Back SauerbreyOct. 10, 1998
Montgomery County Is Key for CandidatesOct. 9, 1998
Rivals Go on the AttackOct. 8, 1998
Sauerbrey and Glendening Duel for EndorsementsOct. 1, 1998
Candidates Offer Plans on Gun Control, Tax ReliefSept. 30, 1998
Glendening-Sauerbrey Rematch SetSept. 16, 1998
Glendening's Slot Stance Not Always SureAug. 24, 1998


Where They Stand
Glendening shared in writing his opinions on
income tax, schools, traffic, crime, lobbyists and stadium deals.

On Oct. 26, Glendening met with Washington Post reporters and editors to discuss issues in the general election. (Sauerbrey declined to attend.) The transcript is available here.

On July 10, Glendening and Post reporters and editors talked about the upcoming primary election and other Maryland races. The transcript is available here.


According to finance reports filed in August, Glendening still leads Sauerbrey in fund-raising, thanks in part to support from labor unions, health care companies and political party committees. Glendening had collected $3.86 million and had $2.1 million in the bank.

Our campaign finance database shows who has contributed how much to the major candidates.

The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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