TERM: 4 Years
QUESTION: What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?
Frank P. Casula (Democrat)
James Douglas (Republican)
Frank P. Casula (D)
904 Philip Powers Dr., Laurel
Vice chairman, Prince George's County Council, member since 1974; county resident since 1953; BS, Bloomsburg State College; graduate of the Command General Staff College; retired military and federal employee; served nine years on the Laurel Planning Commission and four years on the Laurel City Council; board member and secretary, Maryland Association of Counties; board member, Maryland State Retirement System; board member, National Association of Counties on Aging.
A: The issue that inspired me to run for the Prince George's County Council is my basic love of people. I sincerely enjoy communicating and working with the community. I consider myself as the red-tape cutter, with a can-do attitude. All too often the average citizen is unaware of the rights and privileges that are currently afforded to them by this county government. I feel that it is my job to make them aware of these rights and privileges. I have accomplished this by holding monthly informal get-togethers in different communities throughout the 1st District. I have been doing this for more than 16 years, and I am proud to say that they have been a tremendous success. Holding these meetings has allowed me to take the pulse of the community, which keeps me alert to what is currently on the minds of my constituents.
James Douglas (R)
15806 Millbrook Lane, Laurel
Administrative assistant, Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank; BA, cum laude, government and politics with a minor in history, University of Maryland; candidate for Prince George's County Council, 1986; member, Prince George's Community College Honor Society; member, Jaycees.
A: The poor quality of education inspired me to run for office. Only 71.7 percent of our ninth-graders passed the Maryland Functional Math Test during the 1989-90 school year. In some high schools no more than 52 percent of the students were able to pass. Our children are scoring lower on the Maryland Functional Reading Test and on the SAT examination. Drugs are also becoming a major problem in our schools. This is unacceptable! If elected, I would fight to bring high quality teachers into the county. I would see to it that role models are brought into our schools in order to show our children the value of an education. I would insist that students be required to take more science and math courses. I would ensure that each student receives personal help plotting a course to college. In addition, I would donate 10 percent of my salary to local schools.