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County Commissioner, President
St. Mary’s County is governed by a five-member board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected to four-year terms. Four candidates are elected as commissioners based on their residence in the county’s four Commissioner Districts. One candidate is elected as president of the commission. The commission is both the executive and legislative branch of county government.
Rule County Commissioner, President

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.


Julie B. Randall
Age: 43
Residence: Lexington Park.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Three.
Education: BA, business administration.
  Julie B. Randall

Occupation/Employer: Program manager, Software and Information Engineering Program, Veda Inc.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: St. Mary's County Board of Education;former chairman, vice chairman, Budget Advisory Committee; Citizens' Advisory Committee for Special Education; Tri-County Council's Southern Maryland Committee; National Defense Industrial Association.

Why should voters elect you?
"St. Mary's County needs leadership, clear planning and informed decisions. With more than 15 years [of] leadership experience in business and the community, I will bring teamwork to county government. My plans for the county include: quality education, sensible growth management and land preservations, diversified economic base, 'user-friendly' government, active citizen involvement, adequate emergency communications, a safe environment, and a place for our children to flourish, work and raise the next generation. My community involvement proves I am dedicated to St. Mary's and willing to work hard. My professional experience proves I can make good decisions."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am a proven leader, planner and decision maker. Elect a leader. I will build a team; together we will shape the future."

Web site:

Barbara R. Thompson*
Age: 53
Residence: Hollywood.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Four.
Education: BS, University of Richmond.
  Barbara R. Thompson*

Occupation/Employer: President, St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: St. Mary's County Republican Central Committee; St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners, 2nd District commissioner, president; vice chairman, Charter Writing Board.

Why should voters elect you?
"As St. Mary's County progresses into the next century, the commissioner president must know the needs and desires of its people and respect the county's rural past as well as its technological future. I have a thorough understanding of local government coupled with the ability and time to work at the state level when those many opportunities occur. My eight years of service have taught me much. I've learned that the commissioner board's attitudes and actions directly affect many people. Most importantly, I've learned the necessity of considering the long haul, as well as the short term, when seeking solutions."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I'm proud of my children and want St. Mary's County to continue being a community of opportunity for all children."

Web site: None.

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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