QUESTION: Do developers have an inappropriate amount of influence in county politics and should their ability to contribute to political campaigns be restricted?
Parris N. Glendening
Arthur B. Haynes
Artie L. Polk
Floyd E. Wilson Jr. Parris N. Glendening 6824 Pineway, University Park Age: 48 Incumbent
County executive, Prince George's County, 1982-90; County Council, P.G. County, 1974-82, Council chairman, 1979-81; commissioner, Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Commission, 1984 to present; first vice president, National Council of Elected County Executives; Professional Ethics Committee, American Society for Public Administration and American Association for the Advancement of Science; Maryland Association of Counties, president, 1987-88; National Association of Counties; World Trade Center Institute; selected 1990 Most Valuable Public Official, city and state; "Leader of Leaders Award", Principals Association, 1990; Maryland Advocate of the Year, Maryland Association of Retarded Citizens, 1989;
A. Government in every jurisdiction must maintain the highest degree of integrity and public trust. Government should be open, accesible and serve its citizens well. Prince George's, like neighboring jurisdictions, faces many significant challengesthat must be met through an effective government and one for which the public has full confidence. Comprehensive campaign disclosures and restrictions are important enough to ensure public confidence. It is just as important that those regulations apply to all offices and interest groups. I fully support the reform of campaign financing laws statewide that limit the amount of money any special interest group may contribute to any candidate. It's essential there be one set of campaign financing rules, not variations that apply to different groups or governments. Such inequity in campaign restrictions leads to public confusion and mistrust. Comprehensive reform is needed. Restrictions must be clear, concise and apply to all. I will continue to support efforts to bring about that kind of comprehensive reform.
Arthur B. Haynes
Questionnaire not received from candidate Artie L. Polk 4006 Caribon St., Mitchellville Age: 43
President, Marlboro Meadows Civic Association, 1980-85; president, Iota Upsilon Lamda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., 1986-89; founder, Marlboro Meadow Baptist Church, chairman, board of deacons, teacher, adult Sunday school class; member, Citizens Advisory Council to Chief of Police, 1981-84; lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army active reserve; member, board of directors of the Ebony Scholarship Society; member, P.G. County NAACP; Masters of Engineering Administration, George Washington University, magna cum laude; BS, Florida A&M University, distinguished military graduate; elected to Outstanding Young Men of America, 1982; married, three children.
A. I strongly feel that developers do have an inappropriate amount of influence in the county. This is the primary reason why the county has been overdeveloped. It is the reason why an inordinate number of exceptions to the Master Plan have been granted. And it is the reason why the current county executive has allowed taxpayers to be ripped off in recent land deals. While I feel that developers have an inappropriate amount of influence in the county, I do not feel that their ability to contribute to political campaigns should be restricted. We must keep their influence in check by electing officials who will not sell out to special interests. We have to elect officials who will act for the greater common good and not be influenced by contributions to their campaigns. When this happens, developers will get the message and will use self-restraint and not be so inclined to "buy" their way to getting what they want. Floyd E. Wilson Jr. 2505 Parkway, Cheverly Age: 54
Member, Prince George's County Council, 1974 to present, chairman, 1984, vice chairman, 1978, 1983; member, Glenarden Town Council, three terms, served as chairman and vice mayor; member, Board of Social Services; chairman, National Capitol Air Quality Planning Committee; member, Md. State Air Quality Planning Committee; member, National Association of Counties Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; board of directors, Midnight Basketball League; former chemistry and biology teacher, Washington, D.C., 1962-72; graduate, Dillard University; member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; owner/operator, three day care centers, 1968-78.
A. Today, special interests money has grown to such proportions that it is difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the connections. I have not seen a legislator who could be bought, but have seen some who could be rented, who could be influenced by the need to finance their campaigns. Campaign contributions buys access to elected officials. Money buys goodwill. And good will has value. Reasonable contribution limits should be imposed. PACs should come under tighter regulations. The transfer of campaign funds among candidates and campaign committees should be restricted. Public financing can be provided in a way that will permit limitations on expenditures, and mitigate the advantages enjoyed by candidates with substantial personal wealth. We all should understand the relationship between large contributions and zoning votes, and recognize that the appearance of such a relationship has a destructive effect on confidence in the integrity of the zoning process.
Charles W. Sherren Jr. is unopposed