QUESTION: What is the most important issue in your district that you can affect as a member of Congress?
(1 seat) Jack A. Blum John W. Dotterweich Thomas McMillen Jack A. Blum 1676 Homewood Landing Rd., Annapolis Age: 49
Lawyer with Lobel, Novins, Lamont and Flug; BA, Bard College, 1962; JD, Columbia Law School, 1965; assistant counsel, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, 1965-72; associate counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1972-76; president, Independent Gasoline Marketers Council, 1976-87; partner, Blum, Nash and Railsback, 1976-87; president, National Consumers League, 1986-present; director, International Center for Development Policy; International Labor Rights Education Fund; Violence Policy Center; vice president, Homewood Community Association; married, with one son.
A. The 4th Congressional District faces rapid population growth, serious transportation problems and mounting pressures on its most important natural asset: the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. This combination makes environmental protection the first priority. The key is transportation. The daily regional rush-hour nightmare is more than inconvenient; it is killing the environment. The solutions are to complete Metro as originally planned; to build light rail along the Route 50 corridor to serve Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville and Baltimore; and to use gasoline taxes to do it. The size and weight of trucks allowed on federal highways must be limited, and severe restrictions are needed on trucks carrying dangerous cargo. Major cargo hauling must be gradually shifted back to rail. I will fight against new beltways and bypasses and for rail alternatives. More federal funding for environmentally related biological science research is essential. Today, less than 10 percent of approved research grants are funded. John W. Dotterweich Questionnaire not received from candidate Thomas McMillen 1167 Jeffrey Dr., Crofton Age: 38 Incumbent
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987 to present; vice chairman, Federal Government Service Task Force; member, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues; member, board of visitors, U.S. Naval Academy and University of Maryland school of public affairs; national chairman, University of Maryland President's Club; board member, American Red Cross, Central Maryland Chapter, Southern District, and Sheltered Workshop of Anne Arundel County; BS, University of Maryland, 1974; MA, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship), 1978.
A. There are many issues facing Washington area residents, but I believe I can have a positive effect on the budget deficit; protecting the environment and transportation. Congress needs to reform its budget process. A beginning would be to pass a balanced budget constitutional amendment and eliminate much of the budget chicanery practiced by both the administration and the Congress. Second, we need to continue our efforts restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to protect this vital national and state resource. Third, we need to address transportation problems and complete the Metro. Local House members and I were successful in winning a new authorization for Metro this year and will continue fighting every year for the appropriation of those funds to complete the system.
Robert P. Duckworth
Michael D. Hathaway
Bradlyn McClanahan Robert P. Duckworth 1735 Trent St., Crofton Age: 49
Retired federal civil service employee; married, with two children; Anne Arundel County civic leader; member, Anne Arundel County Eastern Bypass Task Force; board member, Greater Crofton Center for Substance Abuse; former president, Crofton Civic Association; member, Crofton Kiwanis Club; retired federal employee, domestic policy adviser, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Office of Management and Budget and Congressional Republican Research Committee; certified urban planner, American Planning Association; veteran, 82nd Airborne Division; BA, political science; MS, regional and urban planning, Catholic University.
A. I seek Maryland's 4th Congressional District seat because we must change Congress. Too many members of Congress are too busy managing their professional careers at the expense of exercising sound fiscal judgment and effectively representing their constituents and the national interests. We deserve decisive leadership, and Congress must assume a leadership role in resolving major national problems -- namely, the budget deficit and uncontrolled spending, for all our other problems cannot be adequately addressed until a solid fiscal foundation is in place. I will be a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and have made a pledge to support no new taxes. We can reduce the deficit through elimination of waste and prioritization of spending. We must change Congress, and that means election of new, decisive, responsible members. The American people deserve better than the S&L crisis, mounting federal deficit and unlimited federal spending. They deserve to be represented not by a special interest but by a community interest. Michael D. Hathaway P.O. Box 420, Accokeek Age: 53
President, United International Ltd., businessman in international trade and finance; former staff director, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; former aerospace engineer, Saturn/Apollo project; former PTA president for four terms; former chairman, Prince George's County Republican Central Committee.
A. The federal budget deficit is the most important issue facing the 4th Congressional District. First, I oppose any new taxes. Increasing taxes will not reduce the deficit, but will only weaken the economy, thereby increasing the deficit in later years. Federal spending must be reduced and not just wasteful or ineffective programs. Many government programs are worthwhile, but are not essential. These will have to be either drastically reduced or eliminated. There will be pain, but the longer we wait to take action, the more pain will be involved. We should not saddle our children and their children with these hard decisions. At the same time, we must not cripple our military. The world has become safer, but is still not safe. And the first obligation of a government is to protect its citizens. Bradlyn McClanahan Questionnaire not received from candidate