QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing the county, and how would you deal with it?
Richard J. Castaldi
G. Frederick Robinson Richard J. Castaldi 7906 Kara Ct., Greenbelt Age: 46 Incumbent
Councilman, Prince George's County Council, 1982-present; chairman, council planning and zoning committee, 1983-present; director and former chairman, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 1983-present; National Association of Counties transportation planning board, 1983-present; Greenbelt City Council (including one term as mayor), 1973-82; Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Prince George's County Municipal Association, 1985, 1987, 1990; Local Legislator of the Year, Maryland State Young Democrats, 1985; Greenbelt Lions Medal for Meritorious Service, 1988; Outstanding Young American, National Jaycees, 1977; member, Prince George's Art Council, Bowie Kiwanis, Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus.
A. The most important issue facing the county, and the country, is drug abuse and the accompanying crime, loss of productivity, education disruption and overcrowding of jails and hospitals. Eradicating this problem, which affects each of us, is an overwhelming challenge. Our success will depend on the involvement of the entire community. While we have achieved some small success, we must continue to examine every possible solution, with emphasis on a strong education component that can be incorporated into all subject areas. Since funding is always an issue, we must decrease duplication of drug treatment services, increase cost effectiveness and coordinate and enhance communication between agencies and the public. Because drug abuse cuts across all racial, social and economic levels, it is vital that the business community responsibly participates in these efforts. Employers must introduce and expand employee assistance programs and provide incentives for employees to seek treatment. G. Fredrick Robinson 16212 Audobon Lane, Bowie Age: 46
Police administrator, commander, District 1, Prince George's County Police Department; mayor pro tem, City of Bowie; BS, University of Maryland; MS, George Washington University; and member, Governor's Advisory Committee on Family and Youth; Metropolitan Council of Governments; Maryland Municipal League; Prince George's Municipal Association; Saint Edward's Catholic Church; Sacred Heart Council, Knights of Columbus; American Legion Post 66, Disney Bell Chapter; Bowie-Crofton Elks, Lodge 2309.
A. The most important issue facing Prince George's County today is the community's confidence in government. Prince George's County is a diverse and exciting community on the threshold of exciting economic possibilities, and dealing with the effects of that growth. The current county government is entirely too committed to uncontrolled growth and development and has been far too flexible with standards of good government and governmental ethics in deciding land use and development issues. Questionable land swaps outside of the public process, enacting self-serving emergency legislation that affects the value of council member-owned properties, fund-raising efforts chaired by developers, home purchases from developers doing business with the council and council spouses on the council payroll are just quick examples of the reasons change must occur. Without community confidence in government, concerns on education, taxes, land-use and public safety or health are pushed aside.
John H. Kallenberger Theodore W. Henderson 8683 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt Age: 48
Counseling psychologist; Prince George's County Black Republican Council; Republican National Committee; successful educator, Pre-K through post-doctoral; Condominium Association; PhD, University of Missouri, Kansas City; MS and BS in education, Kansas State Teachers College.
A. Lack of county representation and participation in honest discourses on any issue because of the one-party system that currently masquerades as the elected officials. The "party bosses" and their closed back room choices result in dictates to the citizens of Prince George's County. Until there is a two-party system within this county and state, business as usual, as mediocre as it is, will dominate the aspiration potential of this county and state. Along these same lines, it will also be program after program and commission after commission designed solely for political expediency and the maintanence of the "party" stature of dictating outcomes to justify existence.When I am elected, the citizens in the 4th councilmanic district will be heard and their voices resounded throughout the decision-making process, I will work to assure that governing is for the people and not for maintaining the party of the bosses. John Herbert Kallenberger 12323 Kembridge Dr., Bowie Age: 37
Consultant with Pioneer Industries Inc., 1989-90; technical consultant, private industry, 1984-90; civilian chemical engineering research and development technologist, U.S. Navy, 1976-84; council member, Trinity Lutheran Church; American Society of Engineering Management; member, District Heights recreation council; life member, American Defense Preparedness Association.
A. I believe the most important issue facing the county is the diversity of personal values and how this affects the community perspective on education, taxes, affordable housing and transportation. My technical background and experience has provided me with a proficient use of engineering and management disciplines, training and education techniques, and interpersonal skills to enable groups to set and achieve goals, reduce cost, project time and maintain or enhance credibility. I feel that there needs to be more time devoted to listening and understanding what the community wants.