QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing the county, and how would you deal with it?


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Travis Britt Sr.

James A. Green

Rose Marie Hurdle

Dervey A. Lomax

Anne MacKinnon Travis O. Britt Sr. 3907 74th Ave., Landover Hills Age: 56

Special education and orthopedic aide, Prince George's Board of Education; member, Reid Temple AME Church; member, AFSCME; cofounder, P.G. Human Improvement Association, an advocacy organization; executive director, Landover Local Development Corporation, a community based nonprofit group; former president, Columbia Highlands Citizens Association; former member and vice chair, Community Development Advisory Committee; former member, Community Developmental Steering Committee; member, Bellemeade Civic Association; graduate, P.G. Community College; currently attending Bowie State University.

Education is by far the most important issue facing the county. It is education that impacts how prepared students are to find jobs, to become aware of the dangers of drug use and abuse and to become productive members in the community. The quality of education in our public schools is in need of attention. There are many schools that are operating with inadequate supplies of educational materials and with outdated materials. I feel the education budget needs to be examined to determine if there is waste and/or if funds need to be redistributed. Based on those results, I would ensure full funding for all schools, including Milliken II schools and neighborhood schools. I would also conduct a study to determine the schools in need of books and other supplies, and take the necessary steps to provide adequate and up-to-date materials. James A. Green 9207 Dewberry Lane, College Park Age: 60

Home improvement contractor, Art's Floors Service; completed studies in interior decorating, one year of college; community leader in church activities; Cub Scout master, five years; member, Prince George's County chamber of commerce, over 15 years; sought public office in Prince George's County, 1982; nominated myself for appointment to state office; supported legislation concerning taxes such as TRIM; supported tax legislation such as personal property.

The most important issue is roads and our concept of how to get there from here; modernization of what exists now without more expansion outward. Prince George's County should grow around our Beltway, both businesses, shops and residents should grow and prosper closer together, being more efficient in all aspects. The Beltway was obsolete on completion. Rose Marie Hurdle 6316 Westbrook Dr., New Carrollton Age: 55

Member, New Carrollton City Council, serving fourth term; past city council chairwoman, mayor pro tem and liaison to the mayor's Council on Senior Citizen's Affairs; past president, Prince George's County Municipal Women, 1989-90; committee vice chairwoman, Prince George's County Municipal Association; member, Maryland Municipal League; member, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee; member, Prince George's County Executive's Group Home Task Force, 1988-89; Outstanding Volunteer in Prince George's County, 1980; member at-large, Patuxent District Boy Scouts of America, 1990-91; attended Holy Trinity School, Immaculate Conception Academy and Strayer Business College; married; two children, both graduates of Prince George's County public schools.

I believe the most important issue facing the county is the public's lack of trust in the integrity of elected officials. County residents have considerable room to worry about how their best interests are being handled. The county has lost control of growth/land use. Traffic backups are growing, and required resources impacting on quality of life in education, health, seniors, and public safety are suffering because of this issue. Contributing to the problem is the overwhelming perception by residents that campaign contributions by developers are the fuel that fires zoning and growth decisions. It is not surprising that residents look suspiciously at any ties between government and developers. These ties reinforce the perception that when money talks planning walks. My agenda is simple: to provide responsive constituent service, and to work to improve the quality of life of county residents by placing their best interests above the interests of developers and other money powered groups. Dervey A. Lomax 5013 Navahoe St., College Park Age: 66

Retired, supervising electronic technician, Naval Electronic Systems Security Engineering Center; married, Thelma; two sons; City of College Park mayor, 1973-75, mayor pro tem, 1983-89, and council member, 1957-65, 1967-73 and 1979-89; Prince George's County Human Relations Commission chairman, 1972-77, commissioner, 1977-86, and received commission's Theresa Banks award; Council of Governments board member, 1973-75, COG public safety committee member, 20 years; former director, Prince George's County chapter of the American Red Cross; former director, Prince George's County and College Park Boys clubs; served with the Navy during World War II in the Pacific; member, First Baptist Church of College Park; member, Greenbelt Lions Club.

I feel there are five {issues} that need to be addressed immediately: 1) Drugs. There should be funding for work camps for the rehabilitation of drug users. The school system, with the help of PTAs, should have field trips to the county's detention center. More importantly, we must have hot lines and effective law enforcement. 2) Zoning. We must protect our established communities through better zoning and land use enforcement. 3) Education. We need to reduce the class size. We must have competitive salaries for our teachers. We need funding for more education in the traditional trades and commercial industries. We must allow the school board taxing authority and responsibility for its budget. 4) Affordable housing. We need to enact a county circuit breaker for those property owners who are on fixed incomes. On the flip side, we need to have affordable housing for the young. 5) Leland Memorial Hospital. We must rally to save {Leland Memorial} as a full-service hospital. Anne MacKinnon 6363 67th Ct., Riverdale Age: 34 Incumbent

Member, Prince George's County Council; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1987-90; chair, Legislative Committee, Maryland General Assembly Women Legislator's Caucus; member, Prince George's County Human Relations Commission, 1986; office staff, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 1981-84; VISTA volunteer, 1979; graduate, University of Maryland, 1978; board of directors, Prince George's Mental Health Association, 1983-86; board of directors, Prince George's Parks and Recreation Foundation, 1988 to present.

Education is the number one priority, and the number one issue in Prince George's County. Progress has been made, and it is expected that we will continue to build on this. We have to. As a member on the council, I will give all the support I can to the needs of quality education. My immediate concern, however, is with running a review to determine whether we have contingency plans and, if so, what are they? For example, what would happen to funding and performance levels in the event of economic downturn? What can, should, or is being done to prepare for changes in funding and population levels? What is available by the way of reserves? As a member of the council, I expect to review, monitor, and follow up on all parts of the planning process. DISTRICT 3 REPUBLICAN

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Larry Ronald Goff Sr. is unopposed