QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing the county, and how would you deal with it?
Richard Stephen Brown
James C. Fletcher Jr.
Fred Price Jr.
Donjuan Lee Williams Richard Stephen Brown 604 60th Pl., Fairmount Heights Age: 68
Retired school administrator; president, Prince George's County chapter of NAACP, 1988-90; chairman, Economic Development Corp., 1985-89; executive secretary, Prince George's County chapter of NAACP, 1984-88; Prince George's County school administrator, 1946-80; councilman, Fairmount Heights, 1974-78; chairman, Secretariat for Black Catholics of Archdiocese of Washington (70,000 members); chairman, citizens advisory committee to P.G. County Planning Board; former president, P.G. County Principals Association; board member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Betterment for United Seniors, P.G. County Rainbow Coalition and Maryland Congress of PTAs.
A. The issue is the lack of responsive and aggressive leadership. This lack of leadership has resulted in a list of unaddressed needs. The level of objective criticism concerning both governmental and educational operations has been limited to protect the new image built on the school system's public relations. The problems of land deals, developers' campaign contributions, environmental concerns, student suspension and push-outs, and affordable housing are constant reminders of the absence of resolutions to recognize pending and actual problems. My efforts will concentrate on the creation of a citizen-oriented process. As an advocate for open government, my responsibility must include public and private urging of council members to conduct as many meetings as possible at the public convenience and to insist on the research and analysis proccess prior to the decision making procedure. I will submit bills on the issues of political appointments and land disposition. James C. Fletcher Jr. 7025 Cawker Ave., Glenarden Age: 56
Mayor, Town of Glenarden, 1985-present; chairman, Prince George's County Substance Abuse Advisory Council, 1989-present, Maryland Commission of Human Relations, 1977-88; co-chairman, Prince George's County Revitalization Task Force, 1988-present; youth minister moderator, St. Joseph's Church; member, Washington Suburban Transit Commission, 1989-present; member, Town of Glenarden council, 1975-83; past president, Glenarden Recreation Council, Glenarden Civic Association; president, Prince George's County Municipal Association.
A. Several important issues face the county as we move into the 1990s and the 21st century, and progress must be made on several fronts. Among the most important is the need to reevaluate how we educate our population. The educational process must become more innovative and more effective in order to provide more opportunities for more people. There is general consensus that education equates to employability and inadequate education in the origin of many of our social ills. While traditional education methods still produce successful results for many, too many are leaving school unable to contribute. As a government, we need to become more open-minded about alternatives and get more people involved in the progress of education. Preparation of persons for a livelihood can no longer be limited to classrooms. We must, and I will, seek out those alternatives and take the bold steps necessary to implement them. Fred Price Jr. 1709 62nd Ave., Cheverly Age: 50
Administrative officer II, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration; AA, Prince George's Community College; BS, Bowie State College; member; Hemingway Memorial AME Church; council member, Ward 4, Town of Cheverly; vice mayor, Town of Cheverly; member, Governor's Task Force on Voter Registration; consultant, Maryland State NAACP; parental involvement; member, American Legion Cheverly Post 108; coordinator, Emergency School Aid Act (NAACP); legislative chairman, Bowie State College Alumni Association; chairman and vice chairman of Region 7 NAACP; paralegal, Prince George's County State Attorneys' Office; president/football coach, Palmer Park Boys and Girls Club; Glenarden Police Department.
A. Building a multicultural partnership that will enrich and strengthen our families, community and government. The changing demographics and their effect on the workplace, schools, values and all things in our county are causing tension among people of different races and ethnic backgrounds. This challenge is not unresolvable, it is a matter of acting now before we are forced to react to conflicts. We must work toward increased satisfaction from working together. In the 1990's more blacks will be coming into political power than ever before. They must not seek to do onto others as others have done onto to them. It will take considerable political skills and leadership from the black community working with the white community to see that Prince George's County opens up greater opportunities for leadership and involvement for all its members. I have the skills and the leadership ability needed for these times. Donjuan Lee Williams 3101 Polk Ct., Glenarden Age: 28
Substance abuse counselor, Prince George's County Department of Social Services; member, Glenarden City Council; president, Windmill Square Condominium Association Council; named an Outstanding Young Man in America, 1989; MA in public administration expected in May 1991, Bowie State University; BA in political science, Salisbury State University, 1983; AA, Prince George's Community College; "Who's Who Among Students in American College and Universities," 1983; legislative assistant for the 24th Legislative District of Maryland, 1983-84; member, U.S. Army Reserve, 1984-present; host, community cable show, "This Week with Councilman Williams"; member, Prince George's County Young Democrats.
A. The most important issue facing the county is the education of our children and adults. It is number one because "He who is in control of the information is in control of the situation." We all need to know what is going on in this county so we can make intelligent decisions. Education is also important because more than 50 percent of the county's budget is allocated for the school system. Therefore, we must make the Prince George's County School Board accountable for the money spent. The lack of education for our young black males leads to other social problems in the county. I'm talking about crime and drugs. Too many young blacks are getting suspended and dropping out of school; therefore, leading to a life of drugs, which leads to a life of crime to pay for their drugs. We need to educate instead of incarcerate, to rehabilitate instead of closing the gates to young people. The process starts in the homes and the communities of our people.