QUESTION: What is the most important issue in your district that you can affect as a member of Congress?
(1 seat) Beverly B. Byron Anthony Patrick Puca Beverly B. Byron 306 Grove Blvd., Frederick Age: 58 Incumbent
First woman chairman, House Armed Services subcommittee, successfully completed a $24 billion reduction in the 1991 defense authorization bill, including a transition package for military personnel involuntarily separated from the service; introduced and passed legislation to provide for preservation of Antietam National Battlefield; sponsored and passed: Rails-to-Trails initiative promoting conservation of abandoned railroad rights of way, and military child-care bill; sponsored procurement conference in Carroll, Montgomery and Washington counties; assisted Western Maryland community in securing a low- interest federal loan; coordinated federal, state, and local effort to attract a future correctional institution in Allegany County expected to create 200-250 new jobs for the area.
A. I was elected to Congress in 1978. The federal deficit is the most significant issue. It is the greatest issue of importance to my campaign. The inability of the president and Congress to significantly deal with the deficit ultimately affects our ability to respond to the problems of today, as well as tomorrow. We are finding that our budget priorities are increasingly being determined by deficit projections rather than through a substantive policy-making process. This must be turned around. I have advocated fiscal constraint as a means for meeting this deficit head on. I have generally voted for across-the-board cuts in appropriations bills, and recently approved in the Armed Services Committee a $24 billion reduction in the 1991 defense authorization bill. While I supported Gramm-Rudman in 1987, the deficit has continued to increase, and has been exacerbated by the costs of the S&L bailout. For that reason, I joined 109 of my Democratic colleagues in voting for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and then supported the passage of a balanced budget statute. Anthony Patrick Puca 13631 Maidstone Lane, Potomac Age: 42
President, American Business Furniture and Systems, Inc.; BS, University of Maryland; former director, Md. Small Businessmen's Coalition; National Jaycee's Outstanding Young Man of America, 1979-81; Democratic precinct chairman and area coordinator; vice chairman, East Gate Potomac Planning and Zoning; former area coordinator, Heart Fund and March of Dimes; member, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Conservation Voters, NOW and NARAL; former member, Montgomery, Rockville and Fairfax chambers of commerce; married; four daughters attending University of Maryland, Churchill and Potomac Elementary.
A. The most important issue in our district is the extreme differences between the candidates themselves. The incumbent, Beverly Byron, has a "Conservation Coalition" rating higher than Jesse Helms, 98 percent to 87 percent. Byron has voted against Family Leave, pay equity for women and minimum wage increases. Byron voted to cut $7 billion from child care, to cut Medicaid, to tax social security and opposed cutting military spending. Byron supports a Constitutional amendment to make abortion illegal. I would work to cut military spending and use the money for education, senior citizens, affordable housing and cutting the national debt. I would work for women's rights, the environment, the disabled and full employment. Because of these differences, I have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, NOW, NARAL, teachers and endorsing Democratic Clubs in the district while Byron has not won such endorsements. The 1990s must see the rebirth of my type of Democrat.
(1 seat): Christopher P. Fiotes Jr. 13877 Grey Colt Dr., Gaithersburg Age: 56
Commercial real estate broker; president, C.P. Fiotes and Associates; U.S. Senate, Office of the Sergeant of Arms, 1976-1987; member, Greek Orthodox Church; married, two children.
A. The most significant public policy issue today, for Maryland's 6th District as well as on the national level, is taxes. I strongly oppose income tax increases that would result in less individual disposable income, would jeopardize jobs and would lead to lower productivity and growth, and I would actively resist any such increases. The need to stimulate economic growth and provide much needed jobs and opportunities is especially acute in neglected areas such as the 6th District. As a member of Congress, I intend to promote legislation that would provide strong incentives for re-establishing productive industry in the region. Only through a coordinated policy of no further tax increases with legislative support of industrial initiatives will we be in a position to face the challenges, at home and abroad, of the new decade.
Kenneth Warren Halsey
Questionnaire not received from candidate Frank K. Nethken 709 Edgevale Ave., Cumberland Age: 59
Machinist, CSX Transportation; mayor, Cumberland, 1978-82; chairman, Large Cities-Maryland Municipal League, legislative action committee, 1980; member, Maryland Municipal League, legislative action committee, 1979-82; member, Tri-County Council, 1978-81; member, National Association of Realtors, 1964-80; member and former officer, AFL-CIO, 40 years; attended Frostburg State for two years; served in U.S. Navy, 1950-52.
A. I believe that the 6th District's representative has not given enough time in Congress because of her overseas junkets. If I am elected I will work for a better Social Security system with safeguards that will protect cost-of-living increases. The 6th District needs better-paying jobs, and I will support legislation that will establish fair international trade laws that will bring union jobs back to the United States by means of equitable tariff taxes on imports, which multinational investors have avoided. Chasing cheap labor has virtually wiped out most of our manufacturing jobs. I will support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and will work to effect a cost-benefit analysis system in the savings and loan scandal as well as in defense department contracts. For 27 years the Federal Reserve system has been unconstitutional, and I will vote for the repeal of this authority.