Candidates for Prince George's Clark of Circuit Court were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Qualifications: Why are you qualified for the job?
Lester Grayson Humphries Jr. (D), 51, 15605 Mews Ct., Laurel, is vice president of K-9 Securities Inc. He was a police officer in Bladensburg for three years and in Hyattsville for 13 years and assistant county sheriff for four years. He is a member of local community organizations.
Qualifications: I feel that I am well qualifed for the position of clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County because of my life-long work in public service. I have spent my entire adult life working to meet the needs of county residents. I believe myself to be attuned to their needs as I myself am a county resident. Working in law enforcement, I have a thorough understanding of the legal process and of the judicial system having been closely associated with the workings of the county courts for the past 25 years. Thus, I can serve the residents of Prince George's County with accuracy and assuredness. I believe myself to be a serious, honest and diligent individual and, if elected, I promise to carry out my duties in a friendly, yet thoroughly professional manner.
Sarah Ada Koonce (D), 59, of 5407 Chesterfield Dr., Camp Springs, has been a County Council member since 1974. Previously, she served as chief assignment commissioner of the Circuit Court for 10 years. She was the first woman from the county elected to the state House of Delegates.
Qualifications: Broad experience in ad administrative and legislative positions in local and state governments and the court systems qualifies me to be the clerk of the Circuit Court. As chief assignment commissioner of the Circuit Court, I was credited with streamlining and maintaining the most efficient trial docket in Maryland. Importance of modernizing record keeping cannot be minimized as loss of one file will impede administration of justice in a system with a backlog of 2,000 criminal cases. As a council member, I have kept abreast of changes in the court system through the budget review process and appointments and memberships to boards and commissions dealing with the courts. In these times of budget constraints, it is imperative that the clerk be a person who has an independent voice and yet can work effectively and efficiently with others for the maximum benefit of Prince George's County.
Norman L. Pritchett (D), (Incumbent) 48, of 16308 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine, was appointed in 1975 and elected in 1978. He is a former official of the Prince George's Board of Trade and is active in local Democratic clubs and the Prince George's Ploughman and Fishermen.
Qualifications: I would say one of my assets and one of the major reasons why I should be reelected would be the experience I have gained in the nearly seven years in office. The court has grown to become the largest circuit court system of any of the 23 counties in the state of Maryland. I have been an integral part of that growth. The changes and innovations of the computer terminal systems in criminal and the assignment office, the microfilm operation, the relocating and streamlining of the legal sections and the modernization of the juvenile section are just some of the changes I have been involved with. Of a personal interest is my daily contact, the helping and working with the jurors. Again, my experience in office as clerk of the court over the last seven years has proven to be invaluable in the many facets of both the court-related and non court-related activities.