Candidates were asked: Ethics: Are current state ethics laws governing state employes and elected officials stringent enough? If not, how would you change them? 14th District House - 14B (Vote for 2)
Joan I. Athen, 34, of 9489 Honeysalt Row, Columbia, is a Republican. Graduate of Stephens College. As an executive in the retail industry, I managed and controlled a $5 million budget - this fiscal responsibility will be applied to a thorough working knowledge of our state budget. I have worked in Annapolis with the minority leaders of the House and Senate for two years doing research and gaining the necessary understanding of our state government. I am founder and executice director of the Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association, Inc., teaching the handicapped. I was selected one of 23 outstanding young political leaders from the United States to attend the 1977 triannual NATO conference, and also represented Howard County Republicans at the 1976 Republican National Convention as an alternate delegate. I will constantly seek and consult citizens groups for their valued input on issues of vital concern. I will form citizens advisory committees to maintain a constant awareness of the needs and opinions of Howard County citizens.
Ethics: No, they are not. Consolidation and streamlining of the ethics laws and financial disclosure into one state board of ethics is necessary. This should include state employes, appointees and other elected officials. This board should have statutory powers and be exempt from executive powers.
Anne E. Baker, 26, of 3113 The Oaks Rd., Ellicott City, is a Democrat. I currently serve as a Maryland member of the Democratic National Committee, where I am the East Coast vice chairperson. I have been Maryland Democratic Party treasurer, a member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee from 1974-1978 abd in 1976 served as a member of Paul Sarbanes' Senate campaign staff. In 1976, I chaired the Maryland Democratic Party Affirmative Action Committee increasing the number of women, minorities and youth in the delegation. Delegate to the 1972, 1976 and 1978 Democratic National Conventions. I have been employed as project director of the Maryland State Employees United Way Campaign and field coordinator of the National Clean Air Coalition for 2 1/2 years. I have served as a legislative consultant to several Maryland legislators. I am an active member of Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the Maryland Conference of Social COncern.
Ethics: No. The state needs an ethics commission with real power. It needs a law requiring full, earlier and more frequent reporting of campaign contributions and a tough conflict of interest law. It is essential that the law be compact, workable and equitably applied. Procurement legislation and competitive bidding laws are necessary to guarantee the fair awarding of government contracts. It is essential to conduct the public's business in public.
Hugh Burgess, 49, of 8900 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, is a Democrat. BA-Western Maryland College: LLB-University of Baltimore; two years Committee for Decent Housing. Howard County; 24 years PTA; 22 years - Kiwanis, Service Club, Youth Services, Youth Baseball; two years chairman, School Board Nominating Federation; 14 years practice of law; 12 years House of Delegates.
Ethics: 1. Prohibit gifts to state employes; 2. Dismissal for violation of present laws.
James O. Hutchinson, 54, of 9005 Manordale La., Ellicott City, is a Republican. I am a graduate electrical engineer with 30 years industry (BSEE, Drexel, 1947). I am also an attorney and a member of the Maryland Bar since December, 1977 (ID, University of Baltimore, 1976). I have been active in Republican affairs in Howard County for 20 years, the latest being a four-year term on the Republican Central Committee, having been elected to the committee in 1974. I am now a member of the Howard County Community Action Council, serving as vice chairperson. I was founding president of the county's Young Republican Club (1960); organizer of the Second District Republican Club (1976), chairman of the firsr charter of Howard County Young Life COmmittee from 1972 to 1975. I have been a resident of Maryland for 30 years and of Howard COunty for 20. My wife, Ruth, is a teacher in the Howard County schools.
Ethics: I favor creation of an independent ethics commission to monitor and inforce conflict of interest, financial disclosure and lobbying laws. This ethics commission would also have responsibility for oversight and enforcement of election financing and campaign laws. There are presently five agencies involved in ethics oversight or: executive branch, lobbyists, legislature, judges and candidates.