Candidates for Maryland comptroller were asked the following question by The Washington Post:

Views: As a member of the powerful State Board of Public Works, should the comptroller pursue a course that is independent of the governor and the state treasurer?

Richard L. Andrews (R), 30, of 5508 Woodmont Ave., Baltimore, a gun dealer, is on the Republican Central Committee. He was an alternate delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention, was state party parliamentarian in 1981 and was chairman of the Reagan-Bush campaign in the 3rd Congressional District.

Views: As one of the two popularly elected members of the Board of Public Works, along with the governor and the treasurer, who is elected by the legislature, the comptroller performs both policy-making and financial watchdog functions in the award of state contracts, appropriations of money from the Emergency Fund, the creation of new state employment positions, the sale of state bonds, etc. Since the policy-making function could be eliminated and the watchdog function substantially impaired by failing to pursue an independent course, the comptroller has a positive duty to act on his own best judgment in the interest of the people of the state on all issues coming before the board -- otherwise the purpose of the board's existence would be subverted.

Louis L. Goldstein (D), incumbent, 69, of Oakland Hall, Prince Frederick, has been state comptroller since 1959. He served in the House of Delegates from 1939 to 1942, followed by four years in the Marine Corps. He then served in the state Senate from 1947 to 1959, where he was president for four years. He also practiced law for 20 years.

Views: The comptroller is the people's representative on the Board of Public Works. It has been my policy to act independently in that capacity. I chair open, independent meetings before the full board meetings at which items are reviewed to make sure we have sufficient facts on which to make a decision. I routinely make on-site inspections of property and facilities. I cast my vote in the best interest of the people of Maryland, based on my long experience. The American Society of Appraisers recently expressed their confidence in my abilities by awarding me their highest status, senior member; important recognition considering the hundreds of appraisals the board must vote on each year. I have also used my expertise to help Maryland maintain its triple-A credit rate, saving taxpayers millions of dollars, and insisting on competitive bidding on projects.