Sandra Duckworth is the first woman to be elected to the Board of Supervisors from Mt. Vernon District. She is also the first woman to sit behind a nameplate without the word Mrs. preceeding her name.

"I couldn't believe it when they asked what I wanted on my plate," she recalls. "I said, 'Sandra L. Duckworth' and they said 'You want Mrs., of course?' and I said 'Absolutely not, I just want my name.'"

With that, Duckworth introduced herself to at least one county employe with the same no-nonsense approach that catapulted her to the forefront of state Democratic politics.

Duckworth's biography is the most lengthy of the three new board members. She is presently the state's Democratic national committeewoman, has been active in civic associations, served on the public facilities task force and is active in the League of Women Voters. The list goes on and on.

Duckworth says she ran for the board because: "I like working with people, I like challenges, I like solving problems and I'm an achiever.

"From the perspective of community involvement, being on the board of supervisors has the potential of letting me be even more effective."

One of Duckworth's goals for her first year in office is to put a lid on the real estate tax.

"Each year assessments go up and each year taxes have gone up faster than the rate of inflation," she asserts.

Also on Duckworth's list are the renewal of the deteriorating Route 1 corridor and strict adherance to the 100-year flood plain which precludes building in poor drainage areas.

"What the citizens want is better govenment -- not more government. They want to know the budget is being handled as well in the Massey Building as it is at home.