Candidates were asked: Police: What would you do to improve the relationship between the county police department and the black community? Budget-tax freeze: Do you support the referendum in Prince George's to freeze future budgets (property tax rates) at the 1979 level? Would you support state legislation to shift the tax burden from property taxes to a more progressive income tax?
Lawrence J. Hogan, 50, of Landover, is a Republican. Hogan received Bachelor of Arts (1949) and Juris Doctor (1954) degrees from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree from American University (1965). He pursued graduate work at San Francisco State College and the University of Maryland. His professions have included: attorney, business executive and university lecturer.He taught at the University of Maryland from 1960 to 1968.He served with the FBI from 1948 to 1958, and then worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before establishing a public relations, advertising and association management firm which he managed for 10 years until he was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968. He was reelected in 1970 and 1972. After leaving Congress, President Ford appointed him to the National Advisory Committee on oceans and Atmosphere on which he served from 1975 to 1977. From 1967 to 1968 he was a member of the Maryland Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. He is presently engaged in the practice of law.
Police: Create more dialogue between the police department and the various communities. Give leadership to police officers in convincing them of their rule in improving relations with the citizenry. Improve training of police officers.
Budget-tax freeze: Yes, in answer to both questions. The property tax is onerous. It drives homeowners and businesseout of the county.
Winfield M. Kelly Jr., 43, of Hyattsville, is a Democrat. Kelly is presently county executive of Prince George's County, having been elected in 1974, Prior to that, Kelly served as the last chairman of the county commissioners, elected in 1970, and as a member and chairman of the Prince George's County Council during the years of 1971-1974, Kelly entered elected life after becoming successful in the mobile catering food service industry. A native Prince Georgian, Kelly at 43 is married to Barbara Doolittle Kelly and has seven children. Kelly resides in Hyattsville. He is product of Prince George's County Schools, the Prince George's Community College, the Johns Hopkins University of Maryland, where he completed his undergraduate degree. Kelly stresses the major qualification he has to serve as Prince George's county executive has been his prior training and experiences as a business executive in Prince George's County.
Police: A police force must reflect, the community it serves; therefore, I plan to continue active recruitment of officers with a racial distribution throughout Prince George's County.
Budget-tax freeze: in answer to the question, do I support the TRIM proposal to freeze property taxes at the 1979 level, my answer is yes. I have instructed department heads to submit budget requests in conformance with the TRIM proposal which would prevent any increase in property tax levies.