5th DISTRICT

(1 seat)

JoAnn C. Woodson Branche (both parties)

James B. Dudley (both parties) Jo Ann C. Woodson Branche 6511 Smokehouse Court, Columbia Age: 35

Attorney, private practice; graduate, magna cum laude, Hampton University; JD, University of Maryland School of Law; admitted, Maryland Bar, 1981; Federal Bar, 1983; Monumental Bar Association; prosecutorial, defense experience; civil, criminal, corporate litigation before Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Baltimore Courts, Maryland Special Court of Appeals; assistant state's attorney; Legal Aid Bureau Inc.; William H. Murphy and Associates; defense and prosecuting attorney, 10 years; member, Waring -- Mitchell Law Society; Phi Alpha Delta and Alpha Kappa Mu; Urban League; NAACP; Helping Hands Leadership and Enrichment Program. James B. Dudley 3517 Font Hill Dr., Ellicott City Age: 53 Incumbent

Judge, Circuit Court, Howard County, 1989-present; recommended for appointment, Maryland State Bar Association Committee, Howard County Bar Association; judge, Howard County District Court, 1988-89; Judicial Appellate Nominating Commission, 1978-86; private law practice, 1973-88; assistant state's attorney, Howard County, 1972-73; chief, Trial Division, Baltimore City States Attorney's Office; assistant state's attorney, Baltimore City, 1965-72; JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1965; MA, sociology, University of Maryland College Park; probation officer, Baltimore City, 1960-65; BA, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, 1965.