QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing the county, and how would you deal with it?
Stephen J. Del Giudice
Margaret S. Mallino
Questionnaire not received from candidate Stephen J. Del Giudice 1308 Elson Pl., Takoma Park Age: 39
Lawyer, National Law Center Community Legal Clinics; professor, clinical law, George Washington University; mayor, Takoma Park, 1985-present (3rd term); president, Washington Council of Governments (COG), 1990, vice president, 1988, treasurer, 1987 and 1989, member, board of directors, 1985-present; vice president, Prince George's County Municipal Association, 1990, member, 1985-present; vice chairman, Maryland Municipal League legislative committee, 1989, member, 1986-present; attorney, Community Legal Clinics and Advocates for Older People, 1980-present; JD, Antioch School of Law, 1979; MA, University of Toledo, 1976; BA, University of Rhode Island, 1974; married, Lori Ann; two children, Cara and Nicolas, attend public schools.
A. Crime and drugs remain the primary issue. We need a comprehensive response. Stronger enforcement is underway; more police and stiffer penalties. But the battle must be fought on many fronts. First, create an undercover strike force of county and municipal police. Second, implement the Community Oriented Police model: It is proactive and preventive, combines police and community resources, and reintroduces the neighborhood beat officer. Third, invest in education, prevention, rehabilitation and our communities. An equal opportunity for a quality education and a decent job will ensure our children's future against drugs. Prevention efforts, peer counseling and job programs must be expanded for our teenagers. We also must meet the critical cry for treatment; addicts who ask for help shouldn't have to wait! Finally, reclaim our older neighborhood commercial centers from drug dealers through economic revitalization. Margaret S. Mallino 4303 Tuckerman St., University Park Age: 47
Mayor, University Park, second term; member, Maryland Municipal League; Prince George's County Municipal Association (PGCMA); Steering Committee, Prince George's County ReLeaf (reforestation); Steering Committee, County/Municipal Zoning Code Co-enforcement Authority; Prince George's County Gypsy Moth Suppression Group; University Park Woman's Club; board of directors, Prince George's Choral Society; past president, University Park School PTA; former teacher, Northwestern High School.
A. The most important issue confronting Prince George's County is protecting our older residential communities from rapid, uncontrolled development. While I support economic growth and development, we must, at the same time, ensure that it is quality development that enhances, rather than threatens, our small towns and residential neighborhoods. Our people have the right to live and play in communities free from drugs, pollution, congestion, crime and discrimination. The most effective tool the county government has in dealing with this issue is its power of zoning and planning. If elected, I will insist that these powers be applied to ensure quality economic growth and community protection. Doyle Niemann 3806 32nd St., Mount Rainier Age: 43
Director, corporate communications, Union Labor Life Insurance; District 24 representative, Maryland Democratic Committee, 1986-present; Mount Rainier City Council, 1983-87; board of directors, Maryland Citizen Action, 1982-present; board of directors, Maryland League of Conservative Voters, 1981-87; Prince George's Economic Development Advisory Committee, 1985-present; treasurer, Prince George's Pool Inc.; Interfaith Action Communities; Leland United Boosters, Save Leland Hospital Campaign; coach, Hyattsville-Mount Rainier-Brentwood Boys and Girls Club; Mount Rainier Anti-Drug/Anti-Crime Task Force; BA, University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa; Community Organizing Training, Midwest Academy, Chicago, 1975.
A. Bringing people together across racial, economic and cultural lines is the major challenge for Prince George's County. We must forge a common agenda that will allow us to improve our schools, control development, protect the health and welfare of seniors and others in need, protect our communities and restore faith in the political process. We need to establish better communication and ties of trust and cooperation between blacks and whites. Strong, forceful and independent leadership is required to achieve this goal. I have the training and experience to handle the issues before the council, but more important, I have the community and people-oriented perspective necessary to make decisions that will strengthen communities and protect the interests of the average citizen. I will actively work on the council and in the community at large to bring people together and to provide citizens with the personal service they need and deserve.
J. Lee Ball Jr.
Sunday Abraham 2004 Rittenhouse St., West Hyattsville Age: 48
Secretary II, Terp Service, College Park, 1988-present; teacher, Prince George's County and D.C. public schools, 1968-87; vice president, Neighborhoods United Project, 1981-82; U.S. Census enumerator, 1990; hacker,D.C. and Prince George's County; waitress: Hot Shoppes, Holiday Inn, Blue Mirror, Washington Navy Yard Officers' Club and Fort Meade; girls' coach, track, volleyball and basketball; BS, education, Edinboro State, Edinboro, Pa., 1968; cryptographer, U.S. Army, 1960-63; graduated, Union City Area Joint High Schools, Union City, Pa., 1960; attended high schools in Tucson, Boulder City, Nev., and San Diego; single parent, one daughter; sponsored refugee family from Vietnam and helped another family from Africa.
A. The most serious problem facing our county today is the individual integrity (both elected and contracted) of those who are representing our best interests married to fiscal responsibility. 1) Should a contracted school superintendent reap more than $40,000 in raises (1984-90) when parent groups are raising money to purchase books and supplies for their schools? The 1989 Prince George's County school board denied Rev. William Bond the right to enroll a foreign exchange student into Bowie due to budgetary considerations (cost: $2,500/year); afterward the superintendent received an $8,000 increment. 2) Gov. Schaefer: What happened to "promised" state lottery money for education . . . ? 3. How can we read President Bush's . . . lips when Congress (led by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) pushed through a 38 percent pay raise for themselves? Budget cuts should commence with the blatant salaries of the eminent, not commence and terminate at the subordinates'. J. Lee Ball 4707 Banner St., Hyattsville Age: 59
Philanthropist; Darcar Sales and Service; professional musical saw player; currently engaged in drug and alcohol therapy work; 25 years' government experience, including nearly five years at the House of Representatives; heavy industry experience; very active in the Mormon Church, priesthood, teacher, elder, September 1990.
A. Restore the whipping post for buyers of heavy drugs. Restore the hangman's tree for drug dealers convicted of selling drugs to children. My father as high sheriff ordered these two implements taken down years ago. Local, state and county governments will pave the way for financial gain for the county. Retain all present citizen activities, including the annual senior citizen party, sponsored by the 2nd District. Full-time job to better represent the 2nd Council District.